Raising Faith to Cut Down Gangs in Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa’s new faith and gangs group listens to Christian and Muslim community volunteers who are trying to find ways to keep kids out of the grasp of street gangs, writes Jennifer Green.

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.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

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