Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has spoken out against the disappearance of youths trained by the Somali government in Eritrea, saying they believe they have been sold.
Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said that the youths were initially recruited for personal political gain, and that Somali government officials have so far been reluctant to respond to the situation.
“It is unacceptable that young Somalis sent by the government for undisclosed military training, the authorities behind the operation must inform the parents and the Somali people about the fate of our Somali young brave boys and girls,” said Hassan Sheikh.
Hassan Sheikh added that the youths who were trained in Eritrea where ”sold” and that the parents have a right to voice their concerns in this ”national matter” he said.
The speech by former Somali president comes as the United Nations have recently confirmed the existence of reports that Somali forces sent for military training in Eritrea were diverted to frontline of Ethiopia’s conflict involving Tigray region.
Hassna Sheikh Mohamud also spoke about the UN report stating that Somali youths who were trained in Eritrea were involved in the Ethiopian war.
Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur called on Prime Minister Roble to immediately intervene in the concerns of the troops in Eritrea, where parents have repeatedly staged protests over their children’s whereabouts.
The Somali Government had earlier this year, denied that it had sent its forces to Ethiopia’s conflict in the Tigray region.