MOSCOW, December 3 (Sputnik) — A Danish philanthropist educator has established a one of a kind ‘rehab’ for former or prospective Islamic State (IS) Jihadi youths, by helping them overcome destructive tendencies and find peace and balance within themselves.
The innovative education program was devised by a man known as Mads. Not much is known about him, as he prefers to keep a low public profile to avoid compromising his efforts or jeopardize his mission. Mads believes that enlightenment, sports activities and healthy spiritual practices combined acan bring about the ‘deradicalization’ of Jihadi-infatuated Danish citizens.
"The guy I'm working with now really wanted to go to Syria," said Mads as quoted by the Local, Denmark’s news website. "My aim is not to disconnect the religion, because I think it's fine that he's religious. But it's about obtaining a balance," he believes.
According to Denmark’s PET intelligence agency (Danish Security and Intelligence Service), out of 100 Danish Jihadis at least 16 have been killed in the Middle East and about 50 returned home. Some 28 of them were paid unemployment subsidies afterwards as Denmark chose to offer social and psychological rehabilitation to these people.
According to Mads, a young man who traveled to Syria was “shaken” having seen things not “quite normal for a regular young Danish guy”. He underwent a football themed rehabilitation program. The main target was to encourage him to accomplish his education and normalize to life again.
"Those were our primary targets, and they succeeded," Mads said.
"The one I have now I helped with writing applications for part-time work, and we went out and delivered them together," said Mads. He sometimes takes his apprentices to the library.
"You can liken it to a divorce," said Toke Agerschou of the municipal crime prevention authority. "It's rarely something that goes away immediately, it might take months and years."