Poverty, Lack of Purpose may Push Syrian Boys to Extremism, Study Finds

Poverty, Lack of Purpose may Push Syrian Boys to Extremism, Study FindsYoung Syrians don’t necessarily join extremist groups like ISIS because they believe in their radical ideas, a study finds. Many Syrian boys and young men may be pushed into extremism because they need to make a living, are missing a sense of purpose and because they want to avenge the death of loved ones, according to a new study by International Alert, an NGO that advises governments, organizations and companies on how to support peace. “ISIS promises that you are going to be part of this new project of building a state and that you will be part of a family,” Rebecca Crozier, head of International Alert’s Middle East and North Africa program, told ABC News.

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