Kenya is known for being one of the world's largest host countries for refugees. As of 2018, as many as 48,000 refugees have been accommodated in refugee camps, the largest ones located in Dadaab and Kakuma. Among such an overflowing population, Somali refugees have accounted for approximately half of it, with the approximate number of 310,000. Furthermore, as Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist organization, has been carrying out terrorist activities in Kenya, an unimaginable volume of casualties have been in place. As a result, the Kenyan government has taken an oppressive approach towards Somali immigrants and refugees, as Al-Shabaab is of Somali native too.
In the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi, there is a district where over 90% of the population are Somali refugees as well. With a dangerously high crime rate of theft, drug deals and murder, this Eastleigh district is told to be a breeding ground and a hotspot for allies and underground members of Al-Shabaab.
The main actors of these crimes are a group of Somali youths aged 15 to 29, known as the Somali Gangs. These gang members take part in criminal activities for various reasons. What is of concern here, is that these individuals are in danger of having a hand in terrorist activities occurring within and around Somalia, as a result of being recruited by extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab. Such young adults are feared from the local community, and met with aggressive crackdowns by both the government and local police. Although appropriate care programs for gang members have been a critical necessity, there have been very few organizations that specialize in them. This is why we have been providing them with rehabilitation and reintegration programs since 2013.