500 Kwale radicals back from Somalia

LET'S FIGHT EXTREMISM: Human Rights Agenda board of directors chairman Prof Halima Shauri speaks at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort in Kwale county yesterday.

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Kwale is the county with the highest number of radicalised youth and returnees from Somalia.

“We know radicalisation and terrorism issues are in other areas, including Mombasa, but Kwale is the epicentre, with more than 500 Somalia returnees,” Prof Halima Shauri said.

He is Human Rights Agenda board of directors chairman.

Shauri said radicalisation and terrorism are deepening and everyone must get involved to fight them.

“We don’t know the returnees but they know us, and maybe they are training our children in schools and in society without our knowledge. We must make a contribution to counter violent extremism,” Shauri said.

He said terrorism is a global problem.

Shauri made the remarks at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Kwale, yesterday, during a two-day workshop on fighting extremism.

The workshop is being attended by residents, civil society groups, County Policing Authority members, the media, county and national government officials.

Kwale county commissioner Kutswa Olaka said the government has reintegrated 48 returnees into society and 300 more will be assisted.

On Monday, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho handed over motorcycles, fridges and fishing kits to 19 returnees to help them earn a living.

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