Thirty years of civil unrest in Northern Ireland have left scars, not only in Northern Ireland but in the Republic of Ireland and Britain. Although they come from different communities or different countries victims of the unrest have a lot in common. They share the same pain, the same anger and the same sense that part of their life has been taken away from them. They may choose to suffer alone or, with the help of their community, use their experience as a powerful means to build bridges. This programme may be for them…
Developing and Building Relationships
Beginning in 1999, the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation conducted a programme for victims of the violence in both parts of Ireland and in Britain. Under the name L.I.V.E. (Let’s Involve the Victims’ Experience), a series of workshops and conferences took place in which victims/survivors of the violence shared their experiences and developed peace building activities, skills and new relationships.
Victims have been a forgotten group for a long time. This has added to their suffering. The L.I.V.E. programme was instigated in response to the expressed need for the victims/survivors voices to be heard. L.I.V.E. was unique in the sense that it brought together victims/survivors from the two communities in Northern Ireland, from the Republic and from Britain. Groups of 30 people met separately and then with each of the other groups. Groups in Northern Ireland were a balanced mixture of the two communities. The meetings took place at the Glencree Centre and at locations in Northern Ireland and Britain. The activities in Britain were organised with support from the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust in Warrington, Cheshire.
This programme concluded in March 2008.