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20 September 2011

New York Times

NAIROBI, Kenya — A typical prize for a children's contest might be a backpack, a lunchbox or some toys. Not in Somalia. Over the weekend, a Somali radio station run by the Shabab, the most powerful Islamist militant group in the war-ravaged country, held an awards ceremony to honor children who were experts at Shabab trivia and at reciting the Koran. The prizes? Fully-automatic assault rifles and live hand grenades. The contest itself was held during Ramadan, the... (

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