Weirdest. Radio. Contest. Ever.

The winner!Somalia may be a failed state, but one Mogadishu radio station sure knows how to attract the younger demos.

Radio Andulus, a station run by the al-Shabab militia (they’re allegedly buddies of al-Qaida) conducted a contest for children to see who could best recite passages from the Koran during the month of Ramadan.  The winners were named on Monday.


  • First prize:  $700–and an AK-47.
  • Second prize:  $500–and an AK-47.
  • Third prize:  Two bombs (hand grenades, actually).


Sheikh Moktar Robow abu Mansur, a senior Al-Shabab leader said “We want the children to fight for defending of their country and their religion.. just take these guns.”

Your runner-up!


Alan Cross

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