UN Africa Special: poverty and marginalization driving extremist violence in Africa

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Journey of young Africans into violent extremism marked by poverty and deprivation: UNDP study. Photo: UNDP Somalia

This week we're bringing you a special programme looking at the growing threat posed by extremist violence in Africa.

Between 2011 and early 2016, some 33,300 people in Africa lost their lives to violent extremism.

According to a new ground-breaking report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), factors driving the extremists include poverty, marginalization and perceived abuses of power by state authorities.

Mohamed Yahya is the UNDP Africa Regional Programme Coordinator and one of the lead authors of the report.

He told Reem Abaza that many who joined extremist groups were neglected over the course of their lives, starting in childhood.

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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