Chalk & Gun Powder Since coming face to face with civil war, human suffering and death in his former home country of Liberia at age 9, Kimmie Weeks has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers and provided health care and recreation supplies to children since the age of 14. In 1998, Kimie was granted political asylum by the United States after he escaped there fleeing multiple assassination attempts on his life by former Liberian President Charles Taylor. His organization, Youth Action International, supports the needs of families living in post war countries. For more information visit youthactioninternational.org About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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