Allegations about Kenya’s troops in Somalia big blow to war on terrorism

What you need to know:

  • According to a shocking report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, profits from the charcoal trade (which has been banned by the United Nations) are shared by the Kenyan forces, the interim Jubba Administration headed by Madobe, and Al-Shabaab.
  • The UN report estimates that charcoal worth at least $250 million has been shipped from Kismayu since the Kenyan forces took over the port in 2012 and that more than a million bags of charcoal are shipped from the port every month.

For more than two decades, the port of Kismayu in Somalia has been a lucrative source of illicit money for the country’s warlords, Islamist factions and terrorists.

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