Violent extremism and terrorism have taken the lives of thousands and changed the lives of millions of innocent people across the world. Violent extremism is not a domestic issue, but international linkages now ensure that it is of global concern. Terrorist recruiters seem to be successful because their ideologies and actions resonate especially among youth. The absence of counter-narratives has created a void in the lives of young people, who often look to the wrong sources for direction.
SAVE has a vision of bringing together victims of and those affected by violent extremism. As witnesses of history, their voices can and should carry credible weight in developing new strategies to combat radical ideologies and consolidate peace and security in war-torn and unstable regions.
Here are five interviews from the Witness of History project: