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STORY:Somalia’s Federal Ministry of Youth and

Sports spearheads youth engagement in the


Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism
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DATELINE: 22-24/MAY/2018, CAIRO, EGYPT

SHOT LIST
1. Med shot, banner
2. Wide shot, entrance to the hotel where conference is taking place
3. Wide shot, participants seated during the conference
4. Med shot, AMISOM gender officer introducing the main speaker
5. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) DR. OMAR ALASOW, AMISOM SENIOR
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISOR
“This training will give you an opportunity to understand how to prevent
violent extremism, to be the ambassadors in your neighborhoods, and take
the lead regarding fighting violent extremism. The intention of this
conference for you as the youth is to enable you to play your role in fighting
countering violent extremism. You know the reality on the ground; what is
your role regarding prevention and countering violent extremism. This
conference gives you an opportunity to understand”.
6. Wide shot, participants listening during the conference
7. Wide shot, AMISOM gender officer introducing the next speaker
8. Wide shot, Mr. Joao Scarpelini, The United Nations Youth Advisor for Somalia
addressing participants
9. Wide shot, participants listening
10. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) JOAO SCARPELINI, THE UNITED NATIONS YOUTH
ADVISOR FOR SOMALIA
“As you know, Somalia is one of the youngest countries in the world, we are
talking about more than 80 percent of the population being under 35 years of
age. Therefore Somalia cannot afford the neglect the needs and aspirations
of the young people. Opportunities like this conference provide a moment
for all of us, the government, the international community and the civil
society to really sit together and see how we can make this work better, how
can we put our effort, our resources, our will to make a difference. More
than anything, how can we support Somali youth so that they can make a
difference themselves”.
11. Wide shot, participants listening during the conference
12. Wide shot, another speaker addressing the participants during the
conference
13. Med shot, another speaker addressing the participants during the conference
14. Wide shot, speaker addressing participants during the conference
15. Med shot, participants listening during the conference
16. Med shot, participant giving her remarks
17. Wide shot, participant giving her remarks
18. Med shot, another participant giving his remarks
19. Med shot, participants listening
20. Close up shot, another participant giving her remarks
21. Wide shot, participant giving remarks
22. Wide shot, participants walking out after the conference

STORY

Somalia’s Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports spearheads youth engagement in


the Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism

Cairo - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Ministry of
Youth and Sports successfully concluded an International Youth Conference on
Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE), held in Cairo, Egypt.

The conference held between 22 - 24 May, was organized in partnership with the
Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia and facilitated by the Cairo International Center for
Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding in Africa (CCCPA), and the United
Nations in Somalia.

During the three-day conference, youth and PCVE experts from Egypt, Somalia,
Algeria; the African Union and the United Nations, discussed root causes of
radicalization and violent extremism and shared best practices that could help
address the problem.

The participants developed concrete recommendations on how the government and


international partners can support and empower Somali youth in preventing and
countering violent extremism.

Dr. Omar Alasow, the Senior International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Advisor to the AU Representative for Somalia, speaking on behalf of the Head of
Mission Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, emphasized the importance of
including the youth in the efforts to counter propaganda that promotes extremism.

While reiterating the commitment of AMISOM and the international community to


work closely with the Somali authorities in empowering the Somali youth, Dr. Alasow
challenged the young people to play their part in addressing the vice. “The intention
of this conference is to enable you as the youth to play your role in fighting violent
extremism,” he said, adding that their activities must be cognizant of the realities on
the ground.
Noting that the youth are an integral part of efforts to attain lasting peace in the Horn
of Africa country, the United Nations Youth Advisor for Somalia, Mr. Joao Scarpelini
said the dreams and aspirations of the youth must be addressed, to ensure lasting
peace and stability in Somalia.
“Somali youth should not only be regarded as part of the solution - we need to
recognize young people’s roles, as key partners in preventing violent extremism and
building sustainable peace in Somalia,” Scarpelini stressed.

The recently concluded conference provided an opportunity to deepen discussions on


specific challenges facing the war on violent extremism and strategies that would
address the social, political and economic drivers of radicalization among young
people in Somalia. The Conference also created the space to reflect on the gender
dynamics in the Horn of Africa country in regards to violent extremism, and to
understand how the different experiences faced by young women can directly impact
fellow women involved in violent extremism.

Experts say marginalization coupled with staggering low levels of unemployment and
limited education opportunities, put young Somalis at risk and distinctly vulnerable to
radicalization, as Al-Shabaab and other extremist groups are known to target and use
young people to propagate terrorism activities.