People fleeing Somalia’s south for Mogadishu say that even in the middle of a severe drought and famine, Islamic militant group Al Shabaab continues to take food and cattle from them.
Somalia is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years, tens of thousands of people have already died and the next harvest is not expected until 2012.
Zakat is a religious tax and is supposed to help guarantee your place in heaven.
It is what Al Shabaab calls their practice of taking food and cattle from those living in the areas they control.
Hassan is the leader of the group of 60 who are living in tents in the edge of Banadir Hospital compound.
He told Eyewitness News they are rural people. They don’t like coming to the city but they had no choice.
He said those who previously had over 100 cattle are left with only two or three and even then Al Shabaab continues to take up to half of what little people have left.