Every year the Boulder Council For International Visitors, a nonprofit leadership organization, hosts emerging leaders from around the globe to foster what they call “a network of mutual understanding and respect.”
This year, a group is hosting citizen diplomats from West Africa. KGNU’s Rossana Longo-Better spoke with Ahmed Magem, one of the program’s diplomats, who started the Gombe Youth For Peace Initiative. The initiative works to spread practices of peaceful reconciliation throughout Northeastern Nigeria.
At a gathering in Chautauqua, Magem reflected on parallels between gun violence in the US and the psychology that drives Boko Haram’s violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.