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Bjørn Ihler

Activist, writer, filmmaker, survivor of the attack on Utøya in Norway in 2011

Bjørn Ihler is an activist, writer and filmmaker working against the ideology of racism, hatred and violent extremism. His work is greatly founded on his experiences as a survivor of the attack on Utøya in Norway on 22 July, 2011. His work includes numerous articles for national and international newspapers, and he is currently producing the film ‘Rough Cut - Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity,’ uncovering the similarities in ideology between right-wing extremists, neo-Nazis, racism and the ideology behind genocide.

Six Years Ago A Terrorist Took Aim At My Head, Fired His Gun, And Missed

<img alt="life less ordinary banner" src="" width="300" height="35" /> In my community I find incredible resilience against violence and those who through terror seek to divide, that resilience is found everywhere. It's found in the coffee shops in the foothills of Galata where life moves on after attacks and attempted coups in Turkey. It's found in the offices and streets of London where friends gathered after the attacks the city has lived through over the last few months, devising plans for what they could do to heal their city. It's found in the cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and concert stages in and around Paris and in the homes and cars that were opened to strangers after the terrible attack in Manchester in May.
25/07/2017 16:12 BST

Seeing What We Don't Want to See

Last week pictures of three year old Aylan laying face down, dead on a beach here in turkey hit the news. To us europeans the picture was an eye-opener. A reminder of the gruesome reality, the painful fact that children knocking on our doors, asking for our help, die in an attempt to reach a better future...
10/09/2015 16:29 BST

The Non-Specific Details of the Norwegian Threat

The Norwegian Police Security Service have announced that they had received credible threats of terrorism against Norway within the next few days. The Security Service were very non-specific when sharing this information with the general public...
28/07/2014 12:39 BST