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Citizen reacts to Gambian ISIS boy

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Fatima Touray, a resident of Bakau Newtown, yesterday walked into the offices of The Standard to express her dissatisfaction about the viraled Gambian in ISIS video.
This paper published a story about a Gambian young man who appeared to have pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

Fatima, who was not the least happy with the translation of the article into Mandinka on radio, said the young man’s radicalisation has got nothing to do with Madrassas in the country.

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“This guy was never even an Islamic student. He went to English school at Nusrat. But the way it was said on the radio is as if madrassas are responsible for his radicalisation which is not true,” she said.
Fatima told The Standard that such translations could paint a bad picture about learning Islam in schools.
“If you say he was radicalised at the madrassas when he was not even there, it will only discourage people from taking their children to learn Islam. This will bring more problems,” she said.

She emphasised that the young man’s alleged involvement with a terrorist group only shows that he abandoned the right path because those people are not Muslims in the first place.

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