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Project '180° Turn': Countering radicalization at a peer level
by Nina Niebergall
Young people, mostly from immigrant backgrounds, are working for a Cologne initiative fighting religious fanaticism. They want to combat the radicalization of others of their age group by coming together as peers.
Mourad has briefly dropped by the office of the initiative "180° Wende" ("180° Turn") in the western city of Cologne. He is wearing a black leather jacket over his polo shirt; his hair is neatly parted and his beard is trimmed. When he begins to talk about his experiences with the employment center in Cologne and some of his job interviews, he briefly comes across as having lost his confidence.
"Somehow, all doors were closed to me," he says. "I didn't find a solution." There were people who wanted to exploit this lack of perspectives, the 22-year-old recalls today. "You couldn't tell who was good and who wass bad."
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