Human rights defenders should involve youth on security, development and human rights related issues, a youth activist has said.
Mohammed Hussein famously known as Amadoh urged the human rights activists to always engage the youth whenever they discuss matters revolving around the youth
Youth most affected
He said youth are the most affected age bracket and leaving them out of the forums will achieve less.
Speaking at Majengo in Mombasa, Mohammed said, when youth are fully involved in security deliberations they will be deterred from joining or forming criminal gangs and instead guided to the right path.
According to Mohammed youth are less engaged in such forums that’s why there has been relatively less impact.
He further said such forums should be conducted at grassroots level where the impact of insecurity is evident.
“Most of these youth are underage and if involved in security, development and rights forums, they will desist from crime,” he disclosed.
He noted that youth have always carried the blame of indulging in criminal activities but none of the rights defenders, religious leaders and other community leaders has reached them to unearth the causes.
“Until we detect what really got into the minds of these minors, we will solve completely nothing on the issues surrounding them,” reiterated Mr. Mohammed.
The vocal youth activist appealed for continuous forums on security that will foreground youth related matters but fully involving them.
[Mohammed Hussein (Amadoh) with students during Inter-schools debated at the Bandari college. Photo/Abbas Omar.]
He also called for continuous mentoring programs for the youth to enable them realise and achieve their goals in life.
Mohammed also urged religious leaders to focus more on youth engagement forums not only in houses of worship but also at the grassroots level.