“Terrorism can be described as the wrongful use of violence in order to intimidate civilians or politicians for ideological, religious, or political reasons with no regard for public safety”. Aside from immense social impact, the aftermath of terrorism has far-reaching psychosocial and psychological post-traumatic stress impact. Affecting the ability of civilians to adopt healthy and quality life choices, skills and behaviours. Basically, to lead normal, healthy and productive lives, free from fear.
All these factors adversely affect the development of Africa which is particularly susceptible to these tense climates breeding exploitation. Weak institutions, politics, governance issues, overburdened social services and poorly managed and corrupt financial operations contribute to the atmosphere of general germination of radicalisation.
The digital era and restless youth reflect the ripeness of provocation in the presence of the negligence of both religious and ethically -strong foundations. Foundations are what inculcate the personal, spiritual and social responsiveness of people. Amongst many other factors. Constructive and creative platforms and power spaces promote engagement and exchange of dialogue that challenges and builds up youth. They give voice to understanding vital moral as well as educational elements which contribute towards finding ways that counter- acts extremism. Through solution -driven approaches to build social rehabilitation and regeneration. The awareness that youth are key actors in transformation needs the opportunities and platforms for whole and meaningful contributions to society.
However, the extent of the situation requires far more intensive research, qualified programmes and best -practice solutions. Some important elements to consider as a start are:
- Promoting environments of belonging, inclusion and participation. Youth require to be validated, knowing they are part of something and are accepted as valuable contributors to society.
- Tackling violence on violence in homes and at community levels with interception and interventions – based approached. Start in the immediate vicinity of influence and start early.
- Promote for environments where life -skills and self-awareness is built to enable youth to understand and recognise their own emotions as well as others and to know how, when and what to do in situational crisis or circumstances. It assists in guiding against negative thinking patterns which influence harmful behaviours.
- Grasp opportunities to promote youth and social well-being through dialogues aiding connection with youth
- Monitor the impact of social media on general sense of the world events and influence on youth.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Dr Martin Luther King