Kenya is in many ways on the frontlines of the “war on terror” in East Africa. The 2015 attack on Garissa University College and the 2013 attack on Westgate Mall are well-known, but the past six months have also seen smaller-scale attacks and the proliferation of arms through Somalia and along the Indian Ocean coast. The cities of Nairobi and Mombasa are hotbeds of youth radicalism too. The country was a fitting host, then, for the 3rd Annual Islamic Conference in Nairobi this March, dubbed the “Journey of Faith,” where the theme was countering violent extremism.

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