Christianne Boudreau opened up on The Jon McComb Show about the death of her son, Damian Clairmont, who was killed in Syria in January 2014. A journalist informed her of her sons death in early 2014, when Boudreau had been watching videos of ISIS in order to find her son, whom she hadn’t heard from in months.
Now, Boudreau works with Daniel Gallant on Extreme Dialogue, a Canadian group trying to counteract extremist messages targeting youth, particularly on social media.
Clairmont had a difficult time making friends during adolescence, and Boudreau said he often connected more with her friends than anyone his own age. He converted to Islam after a suicide attempt left him looking for new meaning in life. Boudreau recalls her sons acceptance of Islam having a positive impact at first.
“He started getting out again, meeting new friends, really kind young men he’d bring home to introduce to the family. He felt really comfortable in his own skin again.”
Within a few years, her son was restless once again and started voicing thoughts about conspiracy theories around 9/11 and Western media. In late 2012, Clairmont left for Syria with the intention of joining the Islamic State’s jihad.
Boudreau is also involved with Hayat Canada, a group focused on helping the family members of radical Islamic groups.