The Aftermath Project
The AFTERMATH project uses discussion and creative, artistic approaches to story-telling and life stories to highlight the issues and needs of the participants drawn from the target groups. The AFTERMATH project is not a campaigning or lobbying group on behalf of victims/survivors or displaced persons. It does not hold a view on the politics or morality of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland or in other countries. It is inclusive, and works with participants to highlight their issues and needs and to offer support and advice where possible.
County Louth was very much impacted by the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Bomb and gun attacks left many dead or injured; others were imprisoned, both North and South. Louth also became a refuge for many who fled the conflict. In more recent times the county has received refugees from further afield, those displaced by conflicts in their own lands. They often experience the same fears, anxieties, hopes, and dreams as their counterparts from the north did; similarly, they also often encounter the same suspicions and prejudices from the host community. Both the victims of conflict and those displaced are now dealing with the legacy of conflict and its impact upon them personally. Diversity Challenges in partnership with The Integration Centre, the County Museum Dundalk, and the Rural Community Network received funding from Co Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership for support under the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 2007-2013 to deliver two programmes in conjunction with one another.
Launched in 2013 the Exhibition component of the AFTERMATH Project proved so popular that additional dates were added in 2014. Currently the Exhibition is mounted in the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry / Londonderry, 12 – 14 August. Thursday 14th the Centre will host a reception for the Exhibition at 6.30pm followed by a panel discussion at 7pm. The panel will include film-maker Margo Harkin, former RUC and PSNI officer Roger McCallum, and Dr Laurence McKeown, Coordinator of the AFTERMATH Project.
Admission if free and everyone is welcome to attend.