MOGADISHU, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) said on Monday said that it has wrapped up a two-day training
for Somali youth to partner with security institutions to deter crime
and counter violent extremism in the country.
Simon Mulongo, Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia, said the
sensitization workshop that sought more youth involvement in community
policing initiatives concluded in Mogadishu on Sunday, with a call on
youths to work more closely with police officers to counter violent
"Anybody who uses dangerous means becomes an outcast, a wrong person
in society and therefore the people of Somalia, like elsewhere, must
reject violence, extremism as a means of managing society," Mulongo said
in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
The AU official who closed the meeting said AMISOM Police working in
collaboration with the Somali security forces, the government and the
Federal Member States, is holding a series of sensitization workshops
and engagements across the country, to encourage such partnerships.
He challenged the youths to take the lead in countering violent
extremism, which he noted had been exploited by terrorist groups to
cause instability in the country.
Mulongo urged the youth to beware of unscrupulous individuals who
take advantage of their innocence to mislead them into extremism.
The Somali youth participants were taken through a number of topics on the causes and effects of violent extremism.
Christine Alalo, acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, appealed to the
youth to share information with the local police in their communities.
"We had similar sessions with the Somali Police, specifically on
community policing, which we think is one of the approaches or tools
that we can use to counter or prevent violence or crime in the
community," said Alalo.