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Rappers against Shabaab terrorism

09 January 2012, 15:45

Nairobi – “Al Shaabab are sending a bad message. We are telling al Shaabab to stop cheating the children. Fighting is not nice,” says Dikriyo Abdi. “Sometimes my parents cry when they talk to me, because they see what Somalia has become. They remember the time when they were living there peacefully.”

Twenty four-year-old Dikriyo is a Somali refugee. As a young child, he and his relatives, who lived in the seaport town of Kismayu, fled to Kenya, to seek refuge from his war-torn country. Today, Dikriyo is a member of the Nairobi-based Somali hip hop group Waayaha Cusub, which started out in 2004.

Waayaha Cusub is a Somali phrase that loosely translates as ‘The New Dawn’ or ‘The New Era’. The group consists of seven Somali refugees, two Kenyans, a Ugandan and an Ethiopian. Waayaha Cusub has recorded a number of songs that denounce the al-Shaabab militant Islamist group, which currently controls parts of Somalia.

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