British teenagers of Somali heritage are being sent to Africa by their parents to avoid the rising threat of knife crime in the UK.
The east African nation itself has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous countries in the world – with the UK Foreign Office warning not to travel there because of the threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.
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