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Public FORUM – Challenging radicalization: Youth, violence, religion and the state in Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya
29 September 2015 @ 16:00 - 18:00
Public Forum free entrance
Nairobi Safari Club “September 29th 2015″ “4pm-6pm”
Fatima Kyari Mohammed – Special advisor to ECOWAS, Nigeria,
Hawa Noor – Researcher at the Institute of Security Studies, Kenya
Moderated by Mutuma Ruteere CHRIPSIncidences of violence framed in religious justifications have been on the rise in Africa. While this is not new for countries like Nigeria, Cameroon and to some extent Kenya, it is a relatively novel phenomenon in the continent. Globalist narratives, perceptions and responses are sometimes instrumentalized by national governments to justify punitive measures against entire communities.
This forum aims to critically interrogate the local contexts of this kind of violence and to examine local, national and international responses.
By comparing the emergence of violent mobilizations in north east Nigeria, north Cameroon and the coastal and north east regions of Kenya, we hope to shed light on various intertwined factors that explain it.
What is the role of economic and social deprivation of youth – male and female?
What is the role of new forms of religious commitment? What is the role of histories and imaginations of violence in these regions? What role does the state play in provoking or exacerbating the problem of violence?