Kenyan youth find ISIS, Shabaab 'cool and fashionable'
05 August 2015, 18:33
Nairobi - Kenyan youth spend as many as 8 hours daily on terrorism websites, a study has revealed.
This was revealed during a terrorism lecture Wednesday at Strathmore University Nairobi.
Director of the Kenya National Counter Terrorism Centre Isaac Ochieng, Kenyan youth have fallen prey to the lure of terror groups and their purported benefits and that there is an alarming need to have them disassociate from that line of thought.
He insisted that it was up to parents to ensure that their children are in line and if not, do their best to report the cases as soon as possible to police and authorities.
" It is alarming that Kenyan youth have caught the Isis and Al-Shabaab bait," he said.
" They find it cool and fashionable to join the terror groups and fight on the front line or be associated with them," he stated.
He added that there are over 20 Kenyan youth who have taken the decision to join the terror groups in recent times.
" More than 20 Kenyan youth, most of them university students, have either been flown or driven out of Nairobi and are headed to Syria. The rate of radicalization is alarming and needs urgent measures to contain it," he added.
He also said that close to 100 Kenyan youth have returned to the country after attempting to join Shabaab.
" They are back and we are at the moment trying to seek ways of finding out their network as well as give them necessary help," he added.
Among those believed to have joined Isis include two girls who quit university and have since communicated with their parents to say that they are in Syria.
Kenya has suffered badly from terrorism in recent years and is trying hard to stop internal radicalization of youth by agents from the terror group.
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