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Kenyan soldiers leak shocking information on life in Somalia

15 July 2016, 11:15

Nairobi - Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers deployed to contain Al Shabaab militia in Somalia have revealed shocking information about life in the field.

The soldiers, who have been fighting since 2011, say they have been subjected to harsh terms despite working in hardship areas.

Some of the problems they face in the field include poor leadership, high level corruption in the forces and poor pay.

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Speaking to Daily Nation, the soldiers revealed that they receive only KES 20 – KES 40 per day hardship allowance.

The soldiers have admitted that they are losing the war to Al Shabaab because of lack of goodwill from their bosses and the government.

These factors have prompted some to consider leaving the service with hopes that they would be better able to fight the problems from outside.

Desertions have been common in the forces, with reports indicating that at least 800 soldiers have left since 2011.

- News24

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