Discover Derry and Northern Ireland

I can’t believe the news today…

…oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away.
Arbeiten und leben in Derry-Bogside
a very personal view


B I ls the early 80s for the first time "Sunday Bloody Sunday"U2 heard, I would have (of course) not dream of thought, I almost 30 Jahre später die Gelegenheit bekommen sollte in Derry zu leben, zu arbeiten und eine Woche nach meiner Ankunft am letzten „Bloody Sunday marchTo "participate. On this march I will go into more detail further below. I should perhaps mention, I grew up in a small country name GDR, far was the fall of the wall at this point in the distance and was out of my reach Northern Ireland. Also, it was very difficult to information about the "capitalist countries" in the GDR, or. the ideologically as "class enemy" states understood, come too. And thus had to rely solely on the reports of the "Western television” leave, but they were not always very businesslike, because they saw things from a British perspective, I know today.

S unday Bloody Sunday "by U2 took me time to, more with the events on 30. January 1972 to engage in Derry, where during a demonstration for civil rights 14 unarmed people by soldiers of the British Parachute Regiment shot and 13 others were shot. What British Prime Minister David Cameron on the way only 15. June 2010 Made a statement on behalf of the government and asked for forgiveness for the actions of the British soldiers. He called the use “unjustified and unjustifiable” (unjustified and unjustifiable). Auch die düstere Beschreibung des Zustands von Belfast während der “Troubles” in „Belfast Child"From the" Simple Minds "and" The Cranberries "resulting in"Zombie"Also with the Northern Ireland conflict deal had then made me curious about this country.

Nch the "turn" it was easier easier to learn about the Northern Ireland conflict, although this is usually superficial, unilaterally or poorly researched reports were. For example, was only reported when the IRA attacks perpetrated, but never about the true nature of the conflict. After all, since 1969 Thousands of people died a violent death in Northern Ireland. And the heart of Europe. So one should deal with this subject of intense, if one writes. A day trip to Belfast and a short visit to the "Shankill Road" and "False Road" simply not adequate for.

Blthough it is as shown repeatedly in the media, so it is not in the conflicts in Northern Ireland to a religious war. Religion plays in this conflict between Protestants and Catholics, an absolutely subordinate role and it never went to the proselytizing of a population group. Rather, the political objectives were incompatible. The aim of the Irish nationalists is the reunification with the Republic of Ireland and independence from Great Britain. The Protestant camp, the loyalists and unionists, however want to preserve the Union with Britain and remain part of the British Empire. And both sides were trying to enforce this in the past with violence. On the Irish side with the IRA and today still active splinter groups such as the "Real IRA"Or the"Continuity IRA“. This had then split from the IRA, because they were not satisfied with their involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process. On the Protestant side with the "Ulster Defence Association"And"Ulster Volunteer Force“.

Theas really happened, or. the background of the conflict in Northern Ireland, I realized only during my three-month stay in Derry. Even so, because I was lucky with a host family in the Bogside to live. As a result, I met many interesting people, their history and their fates closely with the „Troubles“ and the „Bloody Sunday“ are rooted. Many have lost family members and friends and are shaped by this time. There was then a large Catholic population under the poverty and unemployment among men was very high, the Protestant bei
the allocation of housing and jobs were preferred by the city administration. I learned e.g.. also that the majority Catholic population was almost completely excluded from the communal participation, because then only homeowners were allowed to vote in municipal elections and the Catholics were simply too poor to buy houses. This is just one example of the disadvantages that had to endure the Catholic population. I also had the opportunity on 39. and probably last "Bloody Sunday march"Participate. The last reason, because David Cameron 2010 after the publication of the report on “Bloody Sunday” has officially apologized in Derry for the behavior of the British military.
I am deeply sorry”… „The Bloody Sunday killings were unjustified and unjustifiable.


Dgreater detail, the organizers decided not to conduct further marches to set an example and thus to push forward the peace process. Although
many families of the victims do not agree and want to continue in the coming years, the "Bloody Sunday march". The march reminded me a little of the demonstrations 1989 were in Leipzig, where so called for under other civil rights. However, and thankfully with peaceful output. The day before I learned Martin McGuinness during an event, der „Ogra Shinn Féin national conference“ im „Gasyard Centre“ in Derry, know. Martin McGuinness, a former deputy commander of the Provisional IRA (PIRA) in Derry, later chief negotiator of Sinn Féin and is now acting "Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland".
In September, he announced his candidacy for the Irish presidential elections on 27. October 2011 under the slogan “The People’s President” bekannt. He sees his job as a strengthening of the Northern Ireland peace process.

My stay was made possible in Derry by the Society for European Education in Berlin. Since it is very difficult, is not to say almost impossible, with (etwas 😉 über 40 to make such an experience, and to gain experience abroad, I'm envy and their colleagues from the GEB very grateful. You really do a great job. Among other things, the two-day preparatory seminar in Berlin was very helpful.

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