Terrorist groups such the Boko Haram take advantage of the youth affected by the drought to recruit them for carrying out attacks and destabilize peace, said Deon Shekuza, an enviormental activist and blogger who explores the impact of climate change in Namibia.
In addition, Shekuza said, the impact of drought in the central, northern, western and eastern Sahel regions has exacerbated the socioeconomic conditions and displaced young people who are migrating to Europe.
“They travel through the harsh Sahara Desert spending up to 1,000 U.S dollars to cross the Mediterranean Sea, but many do not make it alive,” he said.
According to Shekuza, the effects of drought are becoming inextricably linked to poverty, HIV/AIDS and other social problems such as gender-based violence, teenage pregnancies and unemployment.
Shekuza also said there is urgent need for more access to financing mechanism and funding towards youth delegates to attend summits, conferences and workshops to increase the number of participants and accommodate broader and wider groups especially from the rural areas.
“We need more collaboration, coordination and partnerships of different youth organizations, coalitions and initiatives across Africa,” he said.
This will make it possible to fully involve the youth in the battle against climate change and environmental degradation, he said.
The weeklong conference that started Monday and is being attended by about 600 delegates from Africa ends Friday. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana