OPINION

Our young people need hope

Anyone who tries to justify the participation of young men and women in terrorist organizations or in gangs of thieves as being the result of their reaction to the “rot” in society is actually doing society a lot of harm.

Playing down a very dangerous phenomenon in such a manner, coupled with the often heavy-handed tactics employed by the police, will simply lead more of the country’s young people to try to deal with their grievances through violence and destruction.

It is our duty as a society to try to give our young people hope. It is the duty of the government to create jobs for them and to give them all an equal opportunity to find decent work so that they do not feel like there is no future for them here and that they are being pushed out of the country.

The road of violence inevitably leads to a dead end. Violence brings more misery than it solves, it traps the country in a vicious cycle from which it is almost impossible to emerge and it destroys lives.