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The bulging number of youths may soon be crisis

21 January 2013, 13:20 Paul Orodi

Youths are generally energetic people and they tend to employ this energy wherever there is an opportunity.

Most will seek proper means to employ this energy while others will just employ it without any consideration as to what they are doing.

In between these two groups of youths is a thin line that separates crime from good deeds, and I like to call that line the pressure line.

Over the past one and a half years we have seen regimes fall from grace to grass; regimes that had been foreseen to rule for years with no end.

Presidents and Prime Ministers have been swept off their feet by civilians who are simply dissatisfied with the style of leadership.

These falls cannot surmount to coups because it is neither the military nor security forces that took arms but rather simple civilians who had had enough of the old guards and wanted change.

The problem with our world is that we never sit back to ask ourselves what led to this entire fracas around the Arab world.

Not by a chance did we seek to examine the trends that led to the uprisings and that is why they will continue to occur generation after generation.

As citizens of the world, we need to question happenings around the globe and research well in order to understand the new challenges that are arising.

Every day we face new challenges and if we don’t equip ourselves well to combat them ruthlessly then we risk being whipped hard by the same challenges.

What was witnessed in Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria - just to mention a few - was a case of the youth being angry and hopeless.

Whenever the youth reach this stage then sure as death they will seek to restore the lost feelings at whatever cost.

They don’t relax and let everything take its course like the old guards.

The youths don’t have the patience that one gets as they enter their late 40’s and early 50’s.

Therefore, they will face whatever snatches them off their joy, satisfaction and hope with rage and bitterness that not even a world super power can resist.

The youths in the Arab world had been denied jobs, freedom, happiness and so much more for a very long time.

They did not care about democracy; they just wanted the freedom to do as they wish.

To them, whoever sat at the helm of power was not their concern as long as they opened opportunities for them and empowered them to be whatever they dreamt of.

The late Col. Muammar Gadhaffi had it all.

He gave Libya all it had ever wanted but he committed one grave mistake; not giving the youth free will.

That was it for him.

He could not correct the error and the whole country was after his neck just because the youths had had enough.

At the moment, the number of youths around the world is bulging and this is not being taken serious.

This lot of people are increasing in number at an alarming rate and their energy cannot be contained.

No government is setting up measures to contain the energy in these young ones and therefore the crime rate is increasing as well as volunteers in various organisations.

However good or bad it may seem, the worst is yet to befall us.

These youths will very soon start feeling dejected and dissatisfied and that is when the disaster will switch to a catastrophe.

Madagascar was a warning that no one cared to scrutinize and then followed the Arab spring that was blamed on America and its western allies; very soon it will happen again and we won’t notice because we are too busy caring for other developmental goals forgetting that youths are a threat.

In parts of west and Central Africa, youths are taking up arms and facing the government head on.

Tell me, what more does the world need to realize that the youths are slowly becoming a threat to the sustainability of the world’s economy?

In the horn of Africa, the Al shabaab group is being combated day and night by African Union forces but they are still increasing in numbers and infiltrating countries that are anti-Al Shabaab.

As a world of educated and learned minds, we need to establish a course of action for the crisis that we are about to face full blast before we are out of options and start firing bullets at one another.

Strategies need to be put in place and I think the best way is to incorporate the youths not just by empowering them with dubious projects that won’t last but by sitting them down in round tables and seeking opinions and solutions to different challenges that they face in their various continents and countries to be precise.

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