UN study: Young African extremists are deprived and jobless

2017-09-08 06:06
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New York - A UN study based on interviews with nearly 500 African recruits to extremist groups says the majority were poor, marginalised and finally tipped into joining because of perceived government violence or abuse of power.

The two-year study by the UN Development Program found that recruitment by groups in Africa such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab occurs mainly locally on a person-to-person basis - not online as in other regions.

It says 80% of the 495 recruits interviewed joined within a year of being introduced to an extremist group and nearly half joined within just one month.

The UN agency's Africa director, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, says: "This study sounds the alarm that as a region, Africa's vulnerability to violent extremism is deepening."

The report was released on Thursday.

Read more on:    al shabaab  |  boko haram  |  africa

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