The rise of women in terrorism

Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, were movements largely associated with men; not anymore, and Kenya is a growing recruitment field. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • An alarming concern is that the women being radicalised are youths in their marriage age, according to Mr Adan Osman, the director of the De-radicalisation Department at the Mandera county government.
  • A government report released last year said girls are made to view terrorism as a noble cause.
  • “The girls attracted to these groups are generally in the adolescent-young adult category. They tend to have a romantic notion about the lives of the extremists,” the report said.

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