Global Survivors Network

An initiative countering extremism by using the stories of survivors of terrorist and extremist violence.

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Launched following the United Nations Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism held in September 2008, the Global Survivors Network (GSN) aims to provide a platform to amplify the voices of victims and survivors of violent extremism. The Network looks to systemise the construction and dissemination of counter-narratives designed to undermine the appeal of extremist messages within vulnerable communities.

To achieve this, the GSN has produced and disseminated a series of survivor testimonies through the internet and social media. This includes the testimony of Michael Gallagher, who lost his 21-year-old son during the 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland. The GSN has also produced an Oscar-nominated documentary film “Killing in the Name”, exploring the story of Jordanian terrorism survivor Ashraf al Khaled in his quest to speak with victims and perpetrators of extremist violence. The GSN combines this online activism with offline events internationally.

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“Facilitating interventions between former extremists and young people who show extremist tendencies online.”

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