Anti-extremism drive launched in Isiolo County

At least 100 young people will undergo training.

Friday January 15 2016

A photo of an anti-extremism campaign poster during the launch of a programme against violent extremism in Mombasa. A similar campaign has been launched in Isiolo County. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Isiolo County has launched a campaign to fight the radicalisation of youth.

At least 100 young people will undergo training and in turn sensitise others in the county.

The campaign's main agenda is to counter radicalisation in the region.

Mr Ahmed Set, the county coordinator for Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE), said participants would be trained on what drives radicalization and how to counter it.

Isiolo is one of the areas where Al-Shabaab has been recruiting youth.

Mr Set said Muslim clerics would also be involved in the sensitisation program.

He said the campaign is targeting the youth because they are more vulnerable to radicalisation.

"Radicalisation of young people is a real threat to the security of the country," he added.

BRAVE is a three-year programme initiated by the Muslim community to fight extremism among the youth.

The programme aims to create deeper awareness and vigilance among Kenyans.