The International Organisation for Migration-IOM will work closely with the Mombasa county government in a bid to contain violent extremism among the youth.
IOM Coast region representative Yoko Fujimura said that youth at the Coast and especially in Mombasa are vulnerable to violent extremism which may result into youth being easily fall prey to human traffickers.
Fujimura admitted that the two security and social vices are closely interlinked that’s why IOM is working very close with the county government in a bid to dislodge youth from violent extremism.
According to Ms Fujimura, Mombasa has experienced insecurity incidences as a result of youth immersed in violent extremism a situation that has also negatively impact the county’s security.
She said that the international organisation has worked with the county government in implementing various programs geared towards empowering the youth and imparting he right information and knowledge about violent extremism and human trafficking.
“If youth hate where they live, they feel discriminated and its easy for them to fall prey to human traffickers, our mandate is to create awareness on issues revolving around violent extremism and human trafficking,” she revealed.
Fujimura said that IOM will support various county programs geared towards empowering youth and women on security, human trafficking and migration issues so that they don’t fall victims of human trade.
She admitted that youth and women in the recent past have easily fallen to human trafficker’s hands who promise them well paying jobs outside the country, but only to serve as slaves in those countries.
She said IOM will partner with Mombasa county government to ensure county objectives of fighting violent extremism among the youth as well as civic education on human trafficking are attained.