Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism

by Peace Direct
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Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism
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Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism
Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism
Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism
Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism
Give 15 young people an alternative to extremism

Project Report | Dec 13, 2016
Shahzad's Story

By Lucy Graham | Fundraising Intern

This is Shahzad’s story.

Shahzad lives near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Recently, the region has seen increasing violence, especially around the month of Muharram, a sacred month for Shia Muslims. Different ethnic and faith groups continue to battle each other in this area. Young people are at great risk of joining extremist armed groups such as the Taliban.

Shahzad was at risk of Taliban recruitment. Then he was persuaded to attend training with Aware Girls. He began to learn about conflict resolution, and find an alternative to violence.

At first, Shahzad found the training difficult. He was sharing a room with some Hindus, something he had not had to do before. Like some of the other young people on the training course, he was angry about having to interact with people from a different faith.

A few weeks passed and Shahzad kept attending training. At the training, he started becoming friends the young people from different regions and faiths. He stopped feeling angry and realised that they were all just people.

Inspired by his training and new friendships, Shahzad began to spread these lessons and messages in his own community. He started setting up poetry sharing events with people from different faiths and religions. They brought people together and helped them overcome their differences.

Thanks to your support, Aware Girls has been able to train Shahzad, and many others. So far, these young people have reached a further 686 teaching them about acceptance and non-violence. But there are still many others whose lives are at risk of being destroyed by violence. Please help by continuing to give young people an alternative to violent extremism.

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Oscar Lester
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Oscar Lester
London , UK United Kingdom

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