Teens escape dangerous London for safer Kenya.


Admissions by the Somali community on British television have revealed that hundreds of British teenagers with an African heritage are being sent to East Africa by their parents to avoid knife crime in the UK.

Shattering all stereotypes, and reversing the myth that Africa is dangerous, British youths susceptible to gang violence believe places like Nairobi are a walk in the park compared to the tough streets of London.

Jamal Hassan, who mentors kids in London after being sent to Nairobi as a boy, says: "One of the things I'll never forget, is the fact that when you walk in the streets in Kenya you don't have to look over your shoulder. In Kenya I could travel in and out of the city, go and visit whoever I wanted, and it was good. I felt a sense of freedom."

Of the 100 people stabbed to death in the UK so far this year, 8% were of Somali heritage, according to the Rise Projects, which works with young British Somalis in north London. Though the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

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