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In the U.S., Kids Win a Chance to Meet “Barney”

A radio station in Somalia ran a contest for children. The winners had to recite the Koran, and answer trivia questions about Shabab, a militant group. Children aged 10 to 17 throughout Somalia called in to compete live on the air, and the awards were handed out at the Andalus radio station in Elasha Biyaha, a small town near Mogadishu. The first and second place winners each received an AK-47 “assault” rifle, money, and Islamic books. The child who placed third received two hand grenades. In a speech at the ceremony, “moderate” Shabab leader Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Monsur said, “Children should use one hand for education and the other for a gun to defend Islam.” (MS/New York Times) ...They’re also trying to get little suicide bombers put into boxes of Cracker Jack.
Original Publication Date: 09 October 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 18.

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