Resource August 13, 2018

Meet the Journalist: Hassan Ghedi Santur

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Mohamed Hussein (not his real name) runs a rehabilitation center in a small town near Mogadishu. The center helps young men rebuild their lives after defecting from the terrorist group Al-Shabab. Image by Hassan Santur. Somalia, 2018.
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For over a decade, the terrorist group Al-Shabab has been waging a campaign of violence and terror...

Abdi is 16-year-old. In 2007 at the age of 7, his Quranic school teacher encouraged him to join Al-Shabab. Six years ago, he escaped the group. Image by Hassan Ghedi Santur. Somalia, 2018.
Abdi is 16-year-old. In 2007 at the age of 7, his Quranic school teacher encouraged him to join Al-Shabab. Six years ago, he escaped the group. Image by Hassan Ghedi Santur. Somalia, 2018.

In Somalia, thousands of children, mostly boys, have defected or have been rescued from the terrorist group al-Shabab. Journalist Hassan Ghedi Santur wanted to know what happens to these young men. Are they able to put their lives back together after what is often a violent and traumatic experience? And how are they treated by their families, their communities, and by society at large once they return to civilian life?

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