"The schools were all complicit. They didn't have a choice — if you didn't collaborate with MUJAO you died," Diallo said.
Mali's Islamic radicals recruiting child soldiers at schools →
"MUJAO took many of the students from the Quranic schools because they speak Arabic and are easier to convert and manipulate," Gao Mayor Sadou Diallo told The Associated Press. "Between 200 and 300 children have disappeared with the jihadists."