Addressing Violent Extremism Among Young People in the Horn of Africa

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The session will explore the issue of radicalization and violent extremism in the Horn of Africa context, based on real testimonies while showcasing practical strategies to address it, carried out by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), and backed by expert’s knowledge.

The overall objective is to deepen our understanding of radicalization and extremism and to provide practical solutions to it. 

The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced children to remain at home, many of whom lack proper supervision, leaving them exposed to recruiters, including online radicalization. 

The focus of discussion fits within GNRC’s broad goal of ending violent extremism in the wider framework of ending violence against children.


  • Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome, Secretary General, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), and member of Arigatou International Advisory Group


  • Introductory Remarks: Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)
  • Pathways to Radicalization: Mr. Juma Salim, Testimony from a Victim of Radicalization in Kenya
  • Deep Dialogue: An effective Approach to Meaningful reintegration of radicalized persons into community life: Sheikh Ramadhan Aula, GNRC Coordinator, Kenya, and Director, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR)
  • Mr. Abubakar Kabwogi, Secretary General, Friends of Zanzibar (FOZ)
  • Peace Clubs as Platforms for Preventing Radicalization into Violent Extremism: Ms. Joyce Mdachi, GNRC Coordinator, Tanzania
  • The Place of Music Therapy in Conflict Transformation: Mr. Geoffrey Omony, GNRC Coordinator, Uganda
  • Discussant: Ms. Riziki Ahmed, Clinical Psychiatrist, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR)

Monday 16, November 2020, at 13:00 – 14:30 GMT / 14:00 – 15:30 CET / 16:00 – 17:30 EAT

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