1969 Belfast

Northern-Ireland

‘Wall of Shame’ en ‘the Peace Wall’…The conflict in Northern-Ireland has its roots in the independence of Ireland in 1921. This event created a province of Great-Britain in which opposing nationalities, cultures and above all religions had to live together. The protestants affiliated themselves more with the Brits whereas the Catholics would have preferred to join Ireland. The violence between the parties became so fierce that Belfast created a so called ‘Peace Line’ already in 1969. The wall through parts of the city was welcomed by both sides as it restored the peace in the respective neighborhoods. Over the years the fence construction grew to 59 section between neighborhoods in Belfast, Londonderry-Derry, Portadown and Lurgan, varying in length between a couple hundred meters up to five kilometers. In 2014 the wall still stands and has become a tourist attraction on the side. However it still constitutes the bloody history of the Northern-Ireland and causes large social and economic costs. Almost 3500 people died in the conflict, hence it’s local nickname ‘The Wall of Shame’. The newest part of the wall was built in 2008 in the north of Belfast when tensions around a primary school rose to an explosion of violence. Until this very day only five percent of schools in Northern-Ireland welcome student from both Catholic and Protestant background.

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