Thursday, December 9, 2010

Radicalization of Somali youth in North America

The Canadian Friends of Somalia asked me to address a conference in Ottawa Dec. 6-7, 2010, on “Preventing Youth Radicalization.”

My remarks (which appear below) dealt with the growing problem of Somali youth in the United States and Canada who join gangs or are attracted to extremist organizations in Somalia such as al-Shabaab.

I also tried to identify ways to counter these negative developments. It should be emphasized that only a tiny percentage of Somali youth is engaging in these activities. Nevertheless, they are doing considerable damage to the image of the Somali community.

Somalia: Promoting Peace and Preventing Youth Radicalization

1 comment:

  1. Another theory could be broken resettlement process and the swim or sink immigration policy mentality that has sacrificed the poor lives of these youth. While they escaped civil war, they were thrown into the "shark infested waters" of Canadian and US inner cities...broken neighborhoods with little hope for these youths. The issue of immigrant youths should discussed in a holistic way:refugee life; trauma suffered;resettlement process; schooling; minority status; integration; and finally cultural/identity confusion as a result of societal disparities.