Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya South Coast chairman Amir Banda said the men had gone to Somalia in 2002 and returned in 2007, just before the elections. “There was a lot of campaigns by religious leaders to have the men brought back since they have families and their transition to Somalia was done secretly. The men didn't know what they were going to face,” he said.
Banda said the three were promised lucrative jobs, only to land in the war-torn country, where they underwent torture after being forced by the militants to engage in wars. The men who have since their return gone into business and farming in Ukunda still cannot associate freely with others. They don't even go to mosques. They also don't talk about their ‘failed’ mission in Somalia fearing further victimisation.
They are believed to be the first Kenyans sent to Somalia, to ever come back alive.
Banda said the Muslim community has continued with its campaigns against recruitment of youths by the al Shabaab although more than 50 men are believed to in Somalia already.
The Coast CID boss, Ambrose Munyasia said the matter may have been handled by the Diani CID officers and promised to give feedback over the same. the STAR
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