mardi 6 décembre 2011

Somalia: A radio game to win arms.

          During the month of Ramadan (August 22 to September 21, 2009), a set of questions and answers broadcast was held in Kismayo Somali rebel Shehab linked to al Qaeda.
The Shebab and Hezb al-Islamiya of Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, an alliance of Islamist faction claiming to be Al-Qaeda took control of the port of Kismayo, one of the largest ports in the country a year ago and imposed Islamic law, banning the sport, listening to music and Western-style clothing and wearing bras.
Five areas of the port city participated in the competition, which consisted mainly of questions on science, culture and the Koran.
No luxury cruise, no money but a ticket for the Jihad: guns and grenades to win.
The winners, a team of district Farjano, received the grand prize consisting of an assault rifle AK-47, two hand grenades, one anti-tank mine and office equipment at a ceremony attended by Hundreds of residents.
"The winning team received arms and office equipment valued at 1,000 $," said Sheikh Abdullahi Said Alhaq, acclaimed by the crowd.
"The reason we reward young people with guns is to encourage them to participate in holy war taking place in Somalia against the enemies of Allah," said Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq at a ceremony Friday night.
"It was a great event because I had never seen students rewarded with weapons at the end of a competition culture," he told AFP Mohamed Hersi a Kismayo merchant.
Other competitors of the game will be satisfied with an assault rifle AK-47 with ammunition.
Since May 7, 2009, the Shebab, aided by fighters of the Hezb al-Islamiya Cheick Hassan Dahir Aweys, launched a violent offensive with the aim to overthrow President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed (46), elected in January 31 2009.
Somalia is a Muslim country in civil war since the fall of dictator Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991. The fighting has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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