Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:45

Understanding terrorism - a survivor's view

Lights and flowers above Utøya, Norway after Anders Breivik’s 2011 terrorist attack. Photo Kim Erlandsen, NRK
Lights and flowers above Utøya, Norway after Anders Breivik’s 2011 terrorist attack. Photo Kim Erlandsen, NRK

You are warmly invited to a Stories of Trust interview with Bjorn Ihler on the theme of understanding terrorism.

Bjorn Ihler, now aged 26, is a survivor of the July 2011 terrorist attack by Anders Breivik on the Norwegian island of Utoya, during which Breivik shot dead 69 people. Ihler survived thanks to feigning death. He has since dedicated his life to understanding why people become terrorists. He has worked with experts and former extremists, as an academic, activist, technologist and storyteller working to end extremism.

He is a One Young World ambassador and a Kofi Annan Foundation Extremely Together Young Leader. These are ten young people from diverse backgrounds who have, in their own ways, sought to find positive responses to violent extremism. Brought together by the Kofi Annan Foundation, they have joined forces to learn from each other’s experiences. They share their stories with communities to support others driven into extremism by hopelessness, rage and false promises.

Ihler trained as a film-maker at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, co-founded by Paul McCartney, and since 2016 he has been working with technology companies to challenge extremism. He will tell his story and lead a discussion on the issues.

RSVP: Email  |  020 7798 6000

When: 6.30pm refreshments | 7pm start | 8.45pm close
Venue: 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD
Free entry, donations welcome.

Space is limited to 100.

Oslo city, Norway after Anders Breivik’s 2011 bombing.
Oslo city, Norway after Anders Breivik’s 2011 bombing.

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