“(…) “If Muslim kids feel they can’t express themselves, it’s very worrying for us because people need to talk about things in order to have their minds changed,” Slovo said. “If you drive it underground, it’s dangerous. There’s no teacher who can argue with them …. There is nobody in authority for them to talk with.”
One young man says he’s exactly the same as his fellow British citizens with all the same fears.”He thinks people look at him and think, ‘Oh, you’re Muslim and you’re not even scared by this.’ But he too worries that if he goes into the Underground [subway system] he’s going to be blown up because Islamic State does not distinguish,” Slovo said.
The young people say they are stared at on the Underground, heckled to go back to where they’ve come from, and are worried about the rise of Islamophobia.
Still, Slovo believes the UK’s commitment to multiculturalism means integration is comparatively better here.
“It was so absolutely clear in Brussels and absolutely clear in France that feelings of exclusion by those kids is one of the biggest driving factors over there,” she said.
(…) young people grow up: They settle down, have kids, and stop rebelling against their parents. But there is a constant supply of young people – many looking for some meaning in their lives – who become prime targets for ISIL recruitment.”
Gillian Slovo’s play, Another World, tells the stories of ISIL recruits through the words of their mothers.