After having lost her 22 year-old son who left home to join ISIS, the Canadian Christianne Boudreau decided to create a group in Canada to talk about radicalization and prevent other mothers from suffering the abrupt loss of their sons. A year later, in February 2015, she co-founded the NGO Mothers for Life with the German researcher, Daniel Koehler.
Mothers for Life is a unique global network of mothers and fathers who have lost their sons or other relatives due to radicalization. In order to prevent youth from becoming radical, groups of parents in 11 countries conduct local meetings to share there stories with communities and also help these parents to somehow heal their wounds as they share their experiences and create strong counter narratives.
As Mothers for Life is an NGO, it counts on donations to keep their activities in different countries.