THE brother of an aid worker who was brutally killed by terrorists shared his tragic tale with students at Gryffe High School in Houston.

Mike Haines’s brother David was senselessly executed by Daesh terrorists after 18 months of captivity in 2014.

Harrowing footage was released to the world of the callous killing of David, who had been working for a non-governmental organisation assisting Syrian refugees.

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But, instead of accepting their attempt to spread hatred, Mike spoke to the students, as part of a national tour, about how he has gone on a journey from personal pain and grief to becoming a positive ambassador for peace.

Mike founded the campaign Global Acts of Unity, which aims to promote tolerance and understanding in schools and tackle hatred through free teaching resources and visits.

Mike said: “The devastating loss of my brother had a life-changing impact on my family. We continue to feel his loss every day. It has not been an easy path to take, to channel that pain into a positive force for good, but it has been the right one.

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“Young people are the peacemakers of the future. I enjoyed speaking to the students in Renfrewshire. Through ensuring our young people there, and across the country, know how to stand up to hatred, we can together tackle extremism.”

Teacher Patricia McGeough said: “Mike is a true inspiration. His story is so powerful and his response is a challenge to us all to live a better life.”

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