Bjørn Ihler | Boma France Festival | Aug 29, 2019

What I Learned from my Encounter with a Terrorist

July 22 has been cemented into Norwegian history. On that day in 2011, a terrorist struck a number of locations across the country. By the time his hour-long reign of terror came to an end, 77 people lay dead. It was the largest terrorist attack in Norway since WWII.

Bjørn Ihler was attending a summer camp that day. It was one of the terrorist’s primary targets, but fortunately, Ihler survived. Here, he explains what he learned from this encounter and what can be done to end violent extremism.

Bjørn Ihler is an international expert in the fight against terrorism, and he has dedicated his life to promoting dialogue and establishing lasting peace between radically different peoples and communities. He is the co-founder of the Khalifa Ihler Institute, which promotes peace through knowledge, technology, and design.

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