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Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shababi
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Mohammed Yusuf
May 26, 2015 9:24 PM
There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

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