Project SHIFA: Somali youth program in Boston
Over the course of the next 40 min or so try to understand Egal in more detail;
Why does he act as he does?
What do we risk if we ignore him?
What can we—members of his community, health providers, government agencies, policy makers—do to help him?
Clarify where I am coming from:
-One of the risks that is likely on people’s minds is the likelihood of someone like Egal being recruited into Al Shabab. Clarify before I move forward what I can speak to and what I can’t;
--deep understanding of Somali refugee youth’s resettlement experience, and their mental health; I’m a clinical psychologist and have conducted research, clinical work, and program development with Somali adolescents in partnership with the community over the past
-I am NOT an expert in the issue of radicalization or terrorism; I will focus on data and knowledge related to psychological adjustment and while I think there are plausible connections to radicalization it’s an area that hasn’t been studied in my field.