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Radicalization into violent extremism is a serious problem affecting Kenya. In the recent years, there have been several terrorist attacks in several parts of the country with an increased number of youth and children falling victim. Isiolo is one the regions affected by violent extremism. This is due to the town’s proximity to the Somalia border with occasional issues of ethnic conflict, marginalization (whether real or perceived), remoteness of the region, high number of unemployed youth, unaddressed historical injustices, poor relationship between the public and security organs, among others.

Forty Three (43) faith leaders from Sub-Saharan African countries including representatives from faith-based organizations, governments, international and grassroots organizations, have committed to prevent and end online child exploitation and violence. Participants met in Nairobi, Kenya for the 3rd Pre-Event Workshop on 7th August 2018 ahead of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Global Forum scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) in November 2018. The workshop, which was organized by the U.A.E Government in partnership with Arigatou International – Nairobi, discussed the challenges of online child sexual exploitation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and created awareness of the problem and advocated for its ending.

The validation and launch of the ‘Tackling Extremist Narratives’– a UNDP Mobile Application took place on 18th – 19th April 2018 in Accra, Ghana. Sh. Ibrahim Asmani Lethome, one of Arigatou International’s Advisory Group Member, joined other 60 participants from different countries across Africa to witness the launch. The event was graced by the Minister of Interior, Ghana, Mr. Ambrose Dery, Japan’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, and Director, United Nations Development Programme Regional Service Centre for Africa Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,.

International and grassroots partners on peace and development organized a dialogue dubbed, “Promoting Cohesion and Reconciliation,” on 28th June 2018 in Kilifi County, Kenya. The one-day forum was attended by three hundred (300) participants including representatives from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Government of Kenya, County Government of Kilifi and civil rights organizations.

Sh. Ibrahim Asmani Lethome, Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, attended a workshop hosted by Al-Azhar University and sponsored by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Cairo, Egypt on 4th June 2018. The workshop themed, “Protecting the Child’s Dignity in the Digital World,” was attended by religious scholars from the Muslim and Christian denominations, government representatives, diplomats, medics, students and relatives of victims of violent extremism. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was also represented by her North Africa Regional office with the event being graced by Prof. Abbas Shuoman, special representative from the office of the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar.

Empowerment of the Kilifi community on sustainable ways to achieve peace has always been considered critical by the residents. This prompted international and grassroots partners to organize a seminar on Strengthening Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism from 25th to 28th June 2018 in Watamu, Kenya. A total of one hundred and fifty (150) participants including community representatives, government institutions, international and grassroots organizations, security bodies and faith-based organizations attended.

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with End Child Poverty and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, supported six hundred (600) children and youth to acquire Health Insurance Covers under the Health Insurance Scheme Project. The cover, issued on 28th June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, is set to run for the entire year of June 2018 – June 2019.