ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
is holding a five-day program in Djibouti that trains Somali
personnel on counter radicalization, disengagement and
organized by IGAD’s Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP) in
partnership with the regional bloc’s Special Mission to Somalia
(IGAD SMS) from December 4 to 9, brought together some 50 Somali
religious scholars, traditional leaders, representatives from
civil society organizations and government officials.
Director of IGAD SSP, indicated that the militant group, Al-Shabaab,
remains the most immediate threat to the peace, security and
stability of Somalia and the region.
According to Muluneh,
although the government of Somalia, together with regional and
international actors, is doing a lot in tackling Al-Shabaab, the
terrorist group continues to carry out regular complex attacks
“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,” Muluneh stressed.
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 was indicated.
also expected to discuss the role of religious leaders, clan
leaders, media and civil society in community disengagement,
disseminating counter narratives and promoting the importance of
solving differences through negotiation and peaceful ways under
the teachings of Islam.
IGAD further noted
that community based de-radicalization is “irreplaceable and
provides a venue for trust based and sustainable intervention.”
The east African
block revealed that it will conduct the second phase of this
training targeting more delegates of representatives of the
various communities so as to disseminate the knowledge to their
communities at the grassroots level.