Youth Responsibility in: Countering Radicalization, Extremism and Terrorism

Photo courtesy of: Global Peace Foundation, Kenya.

TASK: Develop a video (Not more than five minutes) to depict how to effectively and responsibly respond in the unfortunate event of an attack. The scene may be set in a campus, mall, religious institution scenario, etc. Include appropriate actions that may be undertaken during such incidents.

Violent extremist narratives and messages are aimed at radicalizing before recruiting young men and women who are then trained and sent to fight for groups like the Al Shabaab.

During radicalization, a young man or woman may exhibit varied indicators such as: sudden changes in their outlook and appearances, changes in perception and reasoning, showing empathy and sympathy towards these extremist groups. Some will also prefer solitude making them withdraw from family and friends.

Early Warning is the ability to, in a timely manner, identify signs, indicators and pointers of recruitment and radicalization, with a view to prevent the process from turning violent or escalating.

Photo courtesy of: BRAVE

TASK: Develop a video (Not more than five minutes) to depict any of the following:

1. Al Shabaab radicalization and recruitment in Kenya

2. Youth exhibiting signs of radicalization

3. Peer responsibility (Identifying early warning signs among peers and action to take upon identification of the radicalization process)

Effectively and responsibly responding to terrorist attacks

In the unfortunate event of a terrorist attack, inappropriate response to the incident may lead to more injuries and deaths, some regrettably not inflicted by the terrorists. For instance jumping from high floors of attacked buildings, running towards sounds of gunshots, scampering for safety leading to a stampede among other unsuitable actions.