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August 6, 2021

What makes the youth vulnerable to terrorism?

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The youth are the most targeted group by radicalizers and terrorist recruiters. They take advantage of their vulnerabilities and weaknesses and use that as a means of selling to them their evil ideologies. This brings us to the question of what some of these vulnerabilities are that these recruits take advantage of.

One of the weaknesses is the youth being idle. This normally happens during the transition between secondary school and higher learning institutions otherwise known as university or college. At this time, the youth are idle at home since they do not have much to do. Recruiters take advantage of this situation and sell to them their false narratives and ideologies. The youth at this point are very hungry for information and a source of quick money thus they easily get carried away into the said terror groups.

Another vulnerability is the lack of income generating activities. When recruiters are approaching the youth, one of their selling points is the fact that they are willing to pay them an income that will take care of their day-to-day needs and that of their families. The said youth easily get carried away by these false promises not knowing that most of the time they are never met.

Illiteracy and lack of knowledge is also something that the recruits use. They take advantage of the lack of information by the said youth groups, share with them information that they wish for them to understand, sell their false narratives knowing very well that these targeted groups have no way of finding out the truth and have no interest in reading to understand on their own.

Youth should be very wary of the information and narratives being passed by extremist groups. They should strive to get the right information and knowledge while ensuring that their fellow youth and communities at large are well informed of the same ideologies. The youth have the power to fight violent extremism and terrorism only if and when they are aware of what information is right and what is wrong.