IGAD Conducts A De-Radicalization And Reintegration Training Program For Somalia’s Community Leaders To Deal With Al Shabaab Recruitment And Defections

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is holding a five-day program in Djibouti that trains Somali personnel on counter-radicalization, disengagement, and reintegration. The training brings together 50 Somali religious scholars, traditional leaders, representatives from civil society organizations and government officials.

IGAD has echoed that dealing with al Shabaab is very crucial to the bloc seeing as it is the greatest threat to peace and stability in Somalia and the region. Moreover, it identifies that engaging with key community members that include religious leaders, the youth, and women hand in hand is very important in tackling the narratives and messaging of Al-Shabaab.

The training mainly aspires to contribute to the fight against radicalization and countering terrorism in Somalia by providing knowledge, tools, and common understanding to traditional leaders in mobilizing the community through counter radical narratives that familiarize the dangers of religious extremism messages of Al-Shabaab.

It will also help identify the key stakeholders in the entire process of de-radicalization as a community-based process creates trust and as such lasting results. A second phase will be conducted to reach community leaders and representatives.

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