Why I fear for Somalia

The wave of radicalisation targeting young Somali children everywhere is threatening hopes for the country’s future stability

The Guardian: Tuesday 11 August 2009 11.00 BST


Over 20 years, I have watched Somalia disintegrate politically, crumble economically and fragment socially. But my hope for Somalia’s future was always entrusted in its younger generation. Our struggle was to invest in our youth inside Somalia to develop a culture of peace by continuously talking to them about the negative effect of the civil war. We also had great hope that the Somali young people growing up in the west would bring back to the country a culture of democracy, tolerance and coexistence with the rest of the world. Both of these hopes are being seriously challenged in Somalia today by a wave of radicalisation that directly targets Somali young people everywhere.

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