British victims of terror launch new group to fight extremism

A new group, Survivors Against Terror, has been founded by families of British subjects killed terrorist attacks and survivors of attacks to support victims of terrorism and to advise on counter-terrorism policies, reports Alexandra Topping in the Guardian. 

Founders of the group include the widow of fusilier Lee Rigby, 7/7 survivor Martine Wiltshire, the husband of MP Jo Cox, and relatives of Martyn Hett, who was killed in the Manchester bombing last year. Families of IRA victims, ISIS captives and people injured in the 2017 Westminster truck attack are also involved.

Some members of the group found help and support from the government, while others did not. They hope to discuss levels of support with other survivors and family members and inform the government about needs they find. They also hope to speak with schoolchildren about hatred.

Founder Dan Hett told the Guardian, “We as a group are quite diverse ethnically, politically, age-wise, what better way to illustrate that extremism and terrorism isn’t picky about who it affects than having a cross-section of people who have been affected by it, who cover the spectrum of the UK’s residents,” he said.

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