Terror Attacks: What the World Can Learn from Africa

Charles Ayitey Mar 29, 2016 at 11:22am

March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am | News, Opinions & Features

Charles Ayitey

Charles Ayitey | Contributor

March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am | News, Opinions & Features

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With the grueling stories of terror attacks and random shootings ravaging the West, one is easily convinced that something is wrong with the world political system. Terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and Boko Haram have now plunged the world into what some call a new age of cold war. As usual, the experience and history of Africa is mostly left out whenever plans on Counter-terrorism are being made.

Yes, it is very true that Africa has had her fair share of terrorist attacks: the kidnapping of 200 innocent Nigerian schoolgirls; the Kenya Mall siege of September 21 2013 by unidentified gunmen; the mass shooting at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali which killed 20 and even the most recent attacks at the Ivory Coast beach resort by Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch killing at least 16. Most of these attacks happened as a result of ethnic and political cleansing, but consider that even the worst attacks in Africa can in no way be likened to the most famous 9/11 attacks in the United States, the Paris attacks or even the recent Belgium attacks which shook the world to its core.

The world is at war against terrorism, but the best way of tackling this menace of terrorism can also be sought from the rich experience of Africa. Click next to find out how.

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