Initiative to counter Al-Shabab narrative established

Garissa County has given a go-ahead for an Initiative for Peace promoters to counter Al-Shabab’s narratives and messages through social media platforms.

The peace promoters have been trained on the positive use of social media and how to bring forth counter narratives for communities living in the county. This will come in handy when fighting youth radicalization.

Equal Access International’s country director Abdirashid  Abdullahi said the aim is also to build community resilience in the face of terror that has become a nightmare for border communities.

The project aims at increasing the resilience of Somali-speaking communities with an emphasis on strengthening local capacity to counter al-Shabaab’s recruitment efforts and shifting attitudes related to ideologically-motivated violence.