Combating Extremism: Why do youths join al-Shabaab?

After entrepreneur and peace activist Elman Ali Ahmed was killed in 1996, his wife and children established the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu.

Now, his Somali-Canadian daughter, Ilwad Elman, is following in the social activist’s footsteps through her work in Somalia.

In addition to assisting victims of violence, the center runs workshops targeting vulnerable youth, with the goal of de-radicalizing them.

In an interview with Search for Common Ground, Ms Elman argued that a shift in focus is needed to move away from traditional conflict labels of perpetrators and victims, and into language that facilitates rehabilitation for both parties.

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