The recent attacks on Kenya by al-Shabaab have once again raised the issue of inter-religious violence in the country. The brutal attacks, aimed at triggering violent conflicts between Muslims and Christians, have worsened relations between these communities.
Beyond interfaith dialogue, successful counter-radicalisation against violent extremism demands that religious leaders, both Christian and Muslim, develop and implement joint counter-narratives. This will enable a better response to counter militants’ ideologies currently benefiting groups like al-Shabaab. The event will assess whether an intra-faith approach can ease inter-religious tensions and help counter extremist and radical narratives. By guiding the current narrative away from dangerous pronouncements by terrorist groups, communities can re-start genuine interfaith dialogue and action.
Chair: Peter Aling’o, Office Head and Senior Researcher,ISS Nairobi
Keynote address: Dr Mustafa Y Ali, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children Director, Arigatou International
Introduction of new representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation Kenya - Ethiopia, Ms Uta Staschewski by Mr Klaus Liepert, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division, Hanns Seidel Foundation
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