Anti radicalization campaigns have been launched in Garissa County in a move aimed at countering violence extremism.
Dubbed ‘Amka’ the program was initiated by Yaden East Africa in a bid to sensitize youth following the recent terror attack in the country.
As the country battles with cases of insecurity and terrorism, stakeholders in Garissa County have now turned their focus on the youth who they say are more vulnerable to radical groups.
Yaden East Africa Director Sammy Gathii says the youth are often ignored when security stakeholders are deliberating intervention avenues a situation he says can likely push them to join terror groups.
Garissa County Deputy County Secretary Abdirashid Mohamed said the county government will support the initiative by closely monitoring activities of the youth.
“We are welcoming all partners who are fighting terror. In Garissa, terror has affected four sub-counties of Garissa including Ijara, Hulugho, Dadaab and Fafi,” he said.
The deputy County Secretary said the County government has also been engaging religious leaders in de-radicalization programs adding that terror has greatly hampered development programs.
The County government has also been engaging religious leaders in de-radicalization programs in a bid to curb violent extremism in the region.
The program covers 10 coastal and north eastern Counties which are believed to be more prone to radicalization.