Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

“At the beginning I walked by night, my feet lacerated by thorns,” Ahmed says. “Luckily I had my phone, so I contacted my family. They found someone I could trust, who guided me to a safer place. It took days, and I was consumed with fear every step I took. I was petrified I would be stopped and sent back to certain death, by execution in a public place, as that is what al-Shabab does to defectors.”

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