Training On Preventing Violent Extremism


Source: HakiMadini

On 3rd June HakiMadini staff Erick Luwongo attended a one day training in Tanga on Preventing Violent Extremism. This training was basically intended to alert the participants on how religion can be misused to accommodate inhuman acts of terrorism and hence religious extremism. Religious extremism is a particular potent type of extremism. It uses religious rhetoric, symbols and justifications to mobilize and motivate potential recruits. The extremists build on unique characteristics of religion that are highly appealing to young adults who feel deprived and in need of redemption: the sense of commitment and loyalty; the sense of solidarity and togetherness, and the readiness to sacrifice for the cause. Religion is really the excuse or the means of extremists to gain moral credibility and spiritual superiority over others.

The intention was supplying explanations to the origins, methods and motivations of religious extremism, the presentations attempted to grapple with the phenomenon and advance an understanding of how to deal with it. The emphasis was not on countering violent extremism (CVE) but on preventing it (PVE) in due time. In other words, a root treatment of concentrating on reducing the appeal of extremism is preferable to a symptom treatment which is reactive and usually relying on counter violence.

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