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Africa and the Global Illicit Economy - Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime EPISODE 8, 14th September 2020
How have Gangs in South Africa and Kenya used COVID 19 to recruit children?
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How have Gangs in South Africa and Kenya used COVID 19 to recruit children?

While international media reported a decrease in gang activity during COVID19 lockdowns in Kenya and South Africa, GI research has uncovered that they have simply shifted strategy. This week’s episode covers a special report on how gangs are recruiting out of school youth in growing numbers and how they are used for illicit activities. 

Presenter: Lindy Mtongana

Speakers

Julia Stanyard, Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Joyce Kimani, Observatory Coordinator for East and Horn of Africa, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Rukshana Parker, Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Reading: Risk Bulletin 11

Additional Links

Cape Town gangs help feed poor devastated by lockdown

South Africa’s strict pandemic response could give criminal gangs an unexpected boost

How school closures during COVID-19 further marginalize vulnerable children in Kenya

Producer: Alexandria Sahai-Williams