Mothers' "emotional bond" can help counter violent forms of extremism

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Four suspected members of Al Shabaab, the Islamic insurgent group, walk on the grounds of Mogadishu Stadium. The militants were all in their mid-twenties.
Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price

The "emotional bond" that mothers have with their children could help to counter violent forms of extremism and terrorist acts.

That's according to Edit Schlaffer, the Founder of Women without Borders, who spoke at a conference hosted by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO focusing on the radicalisation of young people by extremist groups,.

Young children have been increasingly targetted for recruitment by groups such as ISIL in Syria.

Priyanka Shankar has been speaking to Ms Schlaffer who has helped set up so-called "Mothers Schools" which sensitize parents to recognise signs of radicalisation.

Duration : 4'35"

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