The Dec. 16 news article, “60 charged in terrorism crimes” reports that 55 percent of those charged are under 25 years old, and one-third are under 21.
This and many other stories in 2015 reveal the urgent need to focus on how youth become radicalized and what to do about it.
It’s good news, indeed, that just three days before that story appeared, the UN Security Council, chaired this month by Secretary of State John Kerry, unanimously adopted a resolution (2250) outlining measures to protect youth during conflicts, empower them to resist radicalization and to play active roles as peace builders.
We’re used to saying that “youth are the future.” This UNSC resolution calls on governments and civil society organizations to engage with youth now as positive partners against terrorism.
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