Women affected by violent extremism are discriminated by the government
25 June 2016, 19:42
Nairobi - Women fighting violent extremism at the Coast have criticized the government for forgetting women who suffered violent extremism within the region.
The Women Fighting Violent Extremism at the Coast under the umbrella- WAVE, have scoffed at the government which left them widows and some left orphans without any help from the government.
In a women forum to fight violent extremism held at the Tononoka social hall in Mombasa on Saturday, the Women most of whom their husbands died or vanished under unclear circumstances during various security operation and raid to curb terrorism in the Country expressed their pain over the hardship they are experiencing in life over the loss of their husbands, children and relatives.
“We do not object to the government anti- terror operations at the Coast and other parts of the Country, but the fight should never make us loose innocent souls” said the Coast Education Centre Executive Director Halima Mohammed Rakesh who is also heading the WAVE network at the Coast.
Halima said that the main objective of the Network is to ensure that Women who are undergoing such pain and a desperation state are given Psycho- social support and are enabled to recollect their lives back.
Speaking while addressing Women activists and various families affected by terrorism at the Coast, Halima said that Women who lost their loved ones during various security operations should come out, open up to the Women in the network so that they can be assisted.
“We have dedicated ourselves in helping these Women forget the past and secure their future, they should not be left to suffer but instead be assisted, since they are undergoing psychological torture” added Halima.
The Women under the WAVE, have maintained that Kwale and Mombasa Counties are the mostly affected, where a great number of families lost their one or two members and are undergoing psychological suffering.
The WAVE led by Halima, is carrying out counseling sessions, economic assistance and instilling hope to the affected families and especially women who are suffering the impact of violent extremism at the Coast.
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