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Video: One French Muslim woman’s fight against jihadism

© Yona Helaoua, France 24 | Latifa Ibn Ziaten poses for a picture at the US Department of State in Washington on March 29, 2016

Video by Philip CROWTHER

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-30

Latifa Ibn Ziaten has worked tirelessly to dissuade French youth from joining the ranks of the Islamic State group after her son was killed by an extremist in 2012. FRANCE 24 spoke to her as she was being honoured in Washington for her efforts.

Ziaten was among 14 “International Women of Courage” praised by Secretary of State John Kerry in a ceremony in the US capital on Tuesday.

After her son, a soldier, was gunned down by an Islamist radical in southern France four years ago, Ziaten has preached tolerance across the country, dissuading young Muslim men from turning to extremism.

She will take her message to Muslim communities in the United States in the coming days. Her words are directed at young people, but also parents: “Pay attention to your children, love them, teach them and be present in their lives.”

Click on the player above to see FRANCE 24’s full video report with Latifa Ibn Ziaten.

 

Date created : 2016-03-30

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