KENYA.Nakuru: In a world where life is extremely unpredictable, no one is guaranteed security and technology are being overhauled now and again to suit the ever-changing criminality trends, how can one feel safe? Where can people call the safest place?
Preventing polarization, radicalization and violent extremism is a catastrophe every state is tackling to guarantee its citizens a safer environment to live in and businesses transactions to thrive.
Speaking to Transcontinental Times during a community training in Nakuru, Rehema Saidh, the lead facilitator for the training acknowledges attaining a safe community is beyond combating criminal activity from our society.
‘’Peace and security are beyond the use of physical equipment, it’s is more of providing the basic needs(food, shelter and clothing) to the people in our midst,” said Saidh.
Dubbed safe cohesive community, the workshop aimed at identifying and using strategies to facilitate safely and cohesively in community settings.
“This is a great way of amplifying the community leader’s voices in terms of reaching out to the diverse participant, be it in a household, places of worship, to mothers at home and other categories of participants. In my view, I believe there will be greater multiplier effect at the community level”, Saidh added.
Security over recent years has been tested to the limits especially with surprise attacks from Militia groups such as Al Shabaab, attacking Garissa University killing more than 150 students, West Side Mall and Dusit D2 attacks to mention but a few.
“I will not say we are failing this is a huge task and it is a process, what I will say is that we are on the right track towards building resilient communities that are socially and economically empowered. We just need to take one step at a time.”
Preventing, radicalization and violent extremism calls for a multi-sectoral involvement right from the community to the national level.