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The Problem

According to the 2016 United Nations Arab Human Development Report, the MENA region is home to ONLY 5% of the world's total population, but it produces...

45%

58%

69%

of the world's terrorist attacks

of the world's 

refugees

of the world's 

battle-related deaths

Why Does Extremism Spread? 

Extremist ideology targest vulnerable people who frequently don't have access to global ideas, freedom of expression, or the right to speak, look, and act differently. These freedoms are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19, but are often neglected or outrightly suppressed by authoritarian regimes and those seeking control. 

Extremist ideology targest vulnerable people who frequently don't have access to global ideas, freedom of expression, or the right to speak, look, and act differently. These freedoms are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19, but are often neglected or outrightly suppressed by authoritarian regimes and those seeking control. 

Eighteen of 23 countries included in the MENA region had serious threats to freedom of the press according to the 2017 Freedom House Report, with MENA countries dominating the top 10% of media-oppressed countries. 

Only 0.6% of online content is available in Arabic. In contrast, Arabic is the 4th most spoken language among internet users. There are more books translated into Spanish in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in 1,000 years.