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Last updated: November 1, 2014

WATCH: Jordan's comic book guru has the best way to fight extremism

Banner Icon "Is there an Arabic barbie? Or an Arab superman?" Before Jordanian comic book artist Suleiman Bakhit entered the stage, it wasn't. So he decided to use comic icons to prevent radicalization among Middle Eastern youth.

Your Middle East's co-founders met Suleiman at the Oslo Freedom Forum, where he held a passionate speech about the importance of comic books. In all honesty, one might be a bit skeptical at first; really, how much of a difference can a children's cartoon make?

It turns out, quite a lot. In 2010-2011, Suleiman's comic book company published and sold 1.2 million books. Pretty impressive. But numbers arent's just numbers, they tell us something about impact too. In this case, societal impact.

"We are developing a terrorism prevention program that teaches young kids to take these heroic journeys," he explains. "Based on positive narratives of hope, of resilience, of love, of connection. But even more important, based on male and female heroes."

Watch the clip above and you'll understand - at a deeper level - why Suleiman's efforts are worth all the praise in the world.

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