6.6 million youths displaced worldwide:- NYC executive secretary
Thursday, May 31, 2012
About 6.6 million youths are currently being displaced worldwide by armed conflicts and other factors, the executive secretary of the National Youth Council has disclosed. He indicated that many of them are explosed to violence, survival in acute poverty and separated from their families and communities.
Mendy, a youth leader, was speaking recently during the opening ceremony of a
three-day conference on Crime Prevention, organised by Youth Crime Watch-The
Gambia. The confab was sponsored by the US Embassy in Banjul and was held at
the headquarters of The Association of Non-governmental Organisations (TANGO).
Mendy cited that lack of sufficient education, health care, livelihood opportunities, recreational activities, friendship and family support, are additional barriers to the whole issue. “The silent majority of the world consists of young people and they remain silent because of the weight of apathy and ignorance. Our goal in peace building and the prevention or transformation of conflicts and building the culture of peace is to promote the active participation of youths in our society and the nation at large,” he posited.
executive secretary then called on the youth folk to rectify and promote the
healthy image of youth participation in public policy decisions. He indicated
that statistics have revealed that about 60 percent of crimes committed are
dominated by the youth; something he said is a cause for concern for the
National Youth Council.
He therefore urged young people to desist from acts contrary to the laws of the state, enjoining them to engage in more meaningful activities. He appealed to the Gambian youths to shaun apathy and join the crusade, for they have a world to win. “For youths to be able to prevent conflict they have to be in peace, within themselves, and in peace with fellow brothers and sisters,” he stated.
The National Youth Council executive secretary concluded by commending the Youth Crime Watch-The Gambia for the good work and for coming up with such initiative.
Author: Omar Wally