Kenyan girls brought home after joining ISIS

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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Government embarks on program to bring Kenyan youth home

The government through concerted efforts of the Kenyan security agencies has brought back three Kenyan girls, who had left to join the infamous terror group ISIS in Libya.

The three girls, Firthoza Ali Ahmed, Aisha Mafudh Ashur and Tawfiqa Dahir Adan, were rescued in the streets of Cairo Egypt trying to find their way to the Kenyan Embassy in Egypt, after escaping their captors in Benghazi, Libya.

Firthoza Ali says she was job hunting online when she was contacted by someone known as Umm Mariam on twitter.

Mariam seemed to know her well from the questions she asked, she then offered to help get her a job in other parts of the world, especially Europe, urging that they paid their employees well.

Consumed with the desperation of getting a job, she accepted Mariam’s help.

Firthoza, did not have travel documents, but Mariam, assured her, that she knew people who could fix her problems, so she should not worry.

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That is how the trio was lured to embark on a dreadful journey to Libya, to Join ISIS.

Reports from trusted sources indicate that, many youth fighting for terror groups in Somalia, Libya and Syria, have reached out to the Government to seek for amnesty.

They regret their actions and have expressed their willingness to cooperate with the government in the fight against terrorism.

Most of the Kenyans fighters are being executed for spying on the terror groups.

The girls joining the group suffer the most because they are exposed to inhumane treatment, whereby they are sexually abused and beaten up if they try resisting.

Many girls die within weeks of getting into the militia controlled territory as a result of the adverse conditions they are being subjected to.

For instance, while there, the girls are treated as communal wives, to serve all the fighters at the battle front.

Psychologists opine that parents have a huge stake to play in the fight against radicalization into the terrorism.

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They should not just provide the primary basic needs to the children, but they need to know and understand the importance of basic psychological needs.

The three basic psychological needs include, relatedness, autonomy and competence.

Relatedness is when a person feels accepted, loved and connected in a community or even a family.

On the other hand, autonomy is the feeling of independence, in charge and in control of one’s life.

Competence, is when one feels competent and skilled in the society.

The questions is, what is the role of parents in the provision of the basic psychological needs?

Parents need to make their children feel accepted, loved, competent and independent.

This calls for parents spending time with their children and paying attention to them.

The Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), under section 41, imposes a duty or obligation to disclose information relating to a terrorist act, including the travel of family members to join terror groups.

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Failure to report could expose one to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.

Such reporting would assist the government to facilitating the safe return of our children being lured to join terror groups.

The government is calling on parents and the public at large to report cases of youths missing or suspected to have left to join ISIS to the security agencies, after establishing that most of the youths lured into terrorism are innocent.

 

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