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Episode 8.  Can art and poetry be used to help de-radicalize the youth?

Episode 8. Can art and poetry be used to help de-radicalize the youth?

Art and literature play important roles in advancing social integration. The culture of peace enhances opportunities for co-operation and understanding among communities, thereby precluding potential avenues for rifts and conflicts among people. Such culture decontaminates from the minds of younger generation the scars and bad memories of the ugly and heinous civil strife and its attendant culture of confrontation and retribution. Despite beingthrough hell and back, owing to the atrocious civil wars, Somalis still have a sense of belonging and unity among them, especially with regards to their religion, culture, language and ancestral affiliation. Notwithstanding the existence of these fundamental factors for unity, there still exist cleavages for inherent disagreements, albeit not as intense as they were during the height of the armed inter-clan fighting. Somalis cherish art and literature - music, poems, among other forms oforal literature.

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