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Gang stabbing made me turn my life around for the better.

AMANI Simpson was set upon by a 20-strong gang and stabbed seven times after intervening in a friend's row over stolen goods.

He had wounds to the head, arms and legs and believes his thick Puffa jacket, which was "ripped to shreds" saved his life.

He says: "I probably got stabbed and slashed 20 to 30 times, but only seven got through."

Amani was 21 when he was attacked in Enfield, North London, in 2011.

Now 29, he says the incident was a "big blessing in disguise" which made him turn his life around.

After being a troubled teenager who was kicked out of school, argued with his parents and made "a series of negative choices" he launched his own company Aviard.

It offers programmes to schools, prisons and pupil referral units to empower kids to make better choices.

He has even produced a film about his attack to promote his message.

Amani says: "I believe it's my responsibility to help steer teenagers away from the choices that led me down a road filled with so much darkness.

"We really need to accept that these people who are dying are children a lot of the time."

He is calling for a holistic approach to stop the cycle happening again and again.

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Date:Apr 27, 2019
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