Unemployment & Terrorism

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For the young and unemployed in the world’s big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true — but too often because they’re heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities’ young and ambitious.

Mohamed Ali

In urban hubs like Mogadishu, says Mohamed Ali, we're losing our brightest minds to terrorism and violence. Why not channel the energy of ambitious and eager young people toward innovation instead of destruction? Ali is doing his part to make this dream a reality. He is the Executive Director of the Iftiin Foundation, an organization that builds and supports young entrepreneurs to encourage a culture of change and innovation in Somalia and other post-conflict countries. Ali believes these untapped youths can become figures of hope for their communities and ultimately promote peace and stability in the region. Ali is a founding member of End Famine, a campaign founded in 2011 aimed at promoting food security and eradicating famine worldwide, starting with the Horn of Africa. Ali has a law degree from Boston College Law School.

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  1. Rucel

    April 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you very much for the plug Sir. Your sentiment about our busrkes is similar to mine. Seniors who entertain are recognised in the US and in other countries. They have always been given the opportunity to appear at top shows that attract large crowds e.g. ‘Welcoming the New Year at Times Square in New York.’ In the past years when Singapore began celebrating the same festival not once did any of our 60s musicians appear. Only younger musicians and foreign entertainers were present (eg: Fort Canning and Marina Bay).Why?

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