, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – Close to $90 billion is lost globally annually in the private sector due to acts of terrorism, according to Quilliam International, a UK-based organisation involved in challenging extremism and inspiring positive change globally.
Speaking during a symposium organized by the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Quilliam Executive Director said that acts of terrorism contribute a lot towards the decline of economic growth globally, Kenya included.
“Any terrorism activity in any given country scares away potential investors. For instance, when the Westgate Mall was attacked, many investors were hesitant to set up their businesses at the time,” said Muhammad
At the same time, Muhammad said that many youths were being recruited to join terror groups because of the skyrocketing numbers who are unemployed.
“Poverty and unemployment are the major causes as to why many youths get to be recruited in terror organisations, youths need to be engaged and to be kept busy for terrorism to reduce globally,” he stated.
Usama Hasan, who accompanied Muhammad is however optimistic that through engaging the youths in societal activities, the high number of youths being radicalized will reduce.
“A lot of young people are looking for a better world, we have to provide an inspiring alternative based on Kenya, be citizens of Kenya, help build a proud democratic strong Kenya. It can be done to make it appealing. Please do not join terrorist groups, you will be killed,” Hasan urged the youths.
The revelations come at a time when Al Shabaab terrorists attacked Pandanguo Police Camp in Lamu that left three police officers dead.