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Africa bears the brunt of lives lost, economies ruined and relationships fractured by terrorism.these attacks did garner the world's attention, most people do not realize that, in the past five years alone, 33,000 people have died in terrorism-related violence in Africa. Violent extremism and groups espousing it are threatening to reverse Africa's development gains not only in the near term, but also for decades to come.Emulating countries elsewhere, African governments have responded to violent extremism primarily by putting "hard" security first.Some people claim that the connection between socioeconomic conditions and violent extremism is specious, because most poor and marginalized communities do not join terrorist groups. I recently visited Galkayo, in north Somalia, to interview captured Al-Shabab fighters as part of an ongoing United Nations Development Program study of the roots of African extremism.
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