Recreational activities used to help eradicate violent extremism

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Mombasa, KENYA: A civil rights crusader at the Coast has initiated a programme that will involve the youth in recreational activities in order to help eradicate violent extremism amongst them.

Salma Hemed HAKI Africa  programmes officer at the organization on Friday told Baraka FM that they opened recreational facilities including video games, libraries, gymnasiums and ball games to engage the youths at the Coast.

Salma said through this programme the youth have been engaged in meaningful activities thus become responsible citizens in the community.

She said the programme sponsored by the Norwegians has greatly assisted in minimizing the rate of violent extremists in the city of Mombasa.

“The programme which is funded by the Norwegian Government has helped in reducing the rate of violent extremists at Majengo in Mombasa. The area has in the recent past experienced a steady rise in violent extremism amongst the youths.” She lamented.

On the other hand, Fredrick Auma a human rights activist at HAKI Africa said they have partnered with the office of the County Commissioner Evans Achoki and other civil rights organs in preaching peace in Mombasa.

Auma said the organization is always at the grassroots to ensure that peace prevails in the community.

“We have partnered with the office of the Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki, the police department, Mombasa peace committees and Sauti ya Wanawake in organizing a peace and advocacy camp at Vuria Hills in Taita Taveta.” Auma said.

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