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Almost swallowed by drugs – Majengo youth becomes anti- drug Czar

[Reachout Centre Trust Paralegal officer Hassan Omar Abdallah displaying a clear message during his anti-drug campaign in Mombasa. Photo/Tom Fondo]

At only 22 years, Hassan Omar Abdallah has turned out to be a saviour of many youth who not only are they trapped in criminal gangs but also in drugs abuse.

The young activist revealed that he was almost gulped into criminal gangs and drug addiction but something crossed his mind and he turned around.

Already his parents and close relatives had given up in their efforts to help the young task from the psychological problems he was facing.

He admits that being a youth is very challenging and it is a stage of make or break goals in life.

Omar who had just celebrated his 22nd birthday a week ago, a birthday party filled with thoughts to an extent that he shade tears in front of his colleagues at Reachout Centre Trust revealed that the Organisation’s Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman lend a gifted and blessed hands to him.

“My parents approached Mr. Taib for his assistance and he reached out to me, I am grateful,” he noted amid deep meditation.

Hassan volunteered within the Organisation for three months before being absorbed as a Peer educator.

He has cross wised almost all the drugs dens in Mombasa and learnt how to handle drug users the hard way.

“It is never easy for one to change the mind of a drug user since in most cases you are addressing a person who only needs drugs and not empty words, however I was not deterred by such situation. So far I have helped out many youth from the menace,” he revealed.

[Reachout Centre Trust Paralegal officer Hassan Omar Abdallah (Right) while visiting drug dens in Changamwe area within Mombasa County. Photo/Tom Fondo]

He has climbed the ladder and apart from supervising Peer educators in the anti-drug Organisation for more than three years, Hassan is now a Paralegal officer propagating for alternative measures for people who use drugs instead of corporal punishments and sentences.

“Drug users are sick people who needs treatment, throwing them behind bars do not solve anything, that is why I am propagating for alternative measures and progressive drug policies that will reduce the harmful effects of drug use,” he reiterated.

His parents have been the source of his motivation and specifically his elder brother Abbas Omar who according to Hassan he is the best brother’s keeper.

“We thought we had lost him, only God changed his mind and he is now an anti- drug champion always in the field extricating drug menace among his peers,” added a jovial Abbas.