Al Shabaab & Poaching

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Al-Shabaab’s terror attacks at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi last week have opened a new front in the war on poaching, with environmental organizations making louder calls for governments to take the security threat posed by poaching more seriously.

The Environmental Investigation Agency in 2011 reported that nearly 40 percent of al-shabaab’s money was coming from ivory buyers and users.

In Botswana and South Africa, the army has taken over the role of patrolling national parks, in an effort to increase the deterrent on armed groups of poachers.

The South African Police Services’ investigative unit “The Hawks” have been monitoring al-shabaab’s activities in South Africa country for more than a year. South Africa is home to tens of thousands of Somali refugees who fled fighting in the 1990s.