Somali children leave US for Jihad
Parents of Somalis living in America believe their teenage children returned to homeland in order to fight with Islamist rebels against Western-backed government; Abubakar Alsiddiq mosque in Minneapolis denies accusations it pushes disappeared children to fight in African country
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Dozens of Somali children have left the United States in secret to join the Islamist fight against the foreign forces in Somalia.
The largest group comes from Somali families in Minneapolis and Minnesota.
Halima Abdi, a mother of five from Minneapolis describes how one of her children went missing in the US and then called her from Mogadishu.
Abdi says she was surprised when her son didn't come home after she sent him to school on November 2.
“I had returned from work and asked my other children where my son Mohamed Yasin was; but they said they hadn't seen him all day,” Abdi says.
She reported the 14-year-old boy to the police as missing, but they could not find him.
After 10 days she gave up looking for him. One day, she says, a young boy called their phone from Somalia, saying, “Mum, it’s your son Mohamed; I came to Mogadishu to fight against the enemies of Somalia.”