BY JENNIFER GREEN, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
Maybe religious leaders can’t reach Ottawa’s hard-core gang members, but they believe their teachings can divert younger kids headed that way. The snag is often a parent who objects.
Crime prevention officials, police and Christian and Muslim community volunteers recently addressed the city’s new faith and gangs group to explore how congregations might keep kids from a gang lifestyle.
Abdi Wahid, a Somali Muslim, said gang life looks like the only alternative to young immigrants who can’t keep up in Canadian schools after years in refugee camps.