Garissa youth form anti-radicalization group ahead of 2017 polls
Published on: August 07, 2016 12:37 (EAT)
A group of 200 youth from Garissa have come together to address the challenges facing them and educate their colleagues on the dangers of radicalization, rising cases of extrajudicial killings and what they term as ‘political alienation’. Addressing the press in Garissa Town after convening their first meeting at the government guest house, the youth, led by Hassan Abdille, said that the key challenges they want to address include lack of identification cards, drug and substance abuse, run away crime and the high levels of unemployment among school leavers. Abdille says that most of the youth in Garissa are experiencing challenges in acquiring ID cards as the vetting process has proven a ‘ridiculous’ one. He further argues that this has pushed the high number of unemployed youth without ID cards to engage in some harmful activities such as radicalization. Abdille noted that with the group in place, it will be easier for them to engage the relevant government institutions and departments so that their issues can be addressed. On his part, the group’s interim Secretary, Albishar Noor, said that they intend to educate the youth against being used by politicians to cause chaos and unnecessary unrest among communities and clans. He said that the youths had been used in the past to perpetuate tribal politics and later dumped by selfish politicians.