Somalia Commemorates the World International Youth Day

Published: August 12, 2015

Somalia Commemorates the World International Youth DaySomalia joined the rest of the world on Wednesday to commemorate this year’s international youth day.
Youth take a leading and important role in every country, determining its future. They are absorbed in youth organizations and are considered as the driving force of society.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud urged the Somali youths to take part in the country’s recovery process and refrain from violence and all other sorts of violence during a speech in a ceremony held in Mogadishu to mark the International day.
‘’ If the youth were part of the country’s instability, now they have a massive chance to play a role in the country’s development and bring back our country’s dignity on international stages,’’ said the President.
According to researches made, more than half of Somalia’s population is under 18, with the majority born after the overthrow of Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991, the pivotal event that sent the country spiralling into a deeper anarchy.
The challenges facing Somali youth, although arguably more extreme, represent a microcosm of the wider African generational narrative and this leads international development agencies to a crossroads in terms of where best to channel future assistance.
Analysts say that economic empowerment of young people in Somalia is vital. 70% of the population is under 30 but a lack of economic opportunities and one of the world’s highest unemployment rates is threatening the country’s road to stability.
Unemployment and poverty in Somalia have forced many young people to emigrate in search of a better life through perilous journeys across deserts and seas.
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