Somali organisations from across the region gathered in Finland Tuesday to establish a cooperative aimed at heading off recruitment of their youngsters to join extremist groups. The community leaders expressed concerns about the growing radicalisation of Somali youth.

Reports of Finnish youngsters being recruited to join extremist Islamist groups and leaving to fight in conflicts abroad have shocked the local Somali community.

It turns out that the problem spans the Nordic countries. A few dozen young people are known to have left Finland to engage in battle abroad, but countries like Sweden and Norway have also been troubled by youngsters egnaging in war tourism.

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