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Next Africa: Drought, Russia’s War Open a Window for al-Shabaab

Blast outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia in February, 2019.

Blast outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia in February, 2019.

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The worst drought in decades and food shortages triggered by Russia’s war against Ukraine have given Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist militants a recruitment opportunity.