A new project aims to counter ‘violent extremism’ by connecting former self-identified extremists with ‘at risk’ youths.
Self-identified former “extremists” and survivors have formed a social network aimed at helping young people avoid political violence and gang culture. The Against Violent Extremism network believes that radicalization is less of a religious and ideological issue and more about the challenges faced by youth around the world. The site highlights individuals who once participated in violence and have subsequently renounced it, with the goal of preventing ‘at risk’ youths from embracing violence and helping others leave violent groups.
In this episode of The Stream, we talk to Arno Michaelis, Executive Director of Life After Hate, and Tahir Malik, Director of Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network, about the project.