Tutu Centre's roundtable series continues with its third eventFriday 13 December 2013
The Tutu Centre’s third Roundtable on ‘survivors of terrorism and political violence’ took place on Wednesday 12th December, attracting more than 40 people in the audience.
We were delighted to welcome Kate Caroll, founder of the Steve Caroll Foundation in memory of her husband, the first officer of the PSNI to be killed; Jo Dover, programme manager of The Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Foundation For Peace, and Margaret Evison, mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan and author of the book 'Death of a soldier, a mothers story'.
After telling their personal stories and experience of loss, Professor Neil Ferguson opened the discussion by asking how the guest speakers used their traumatic experiences of political violence to create positive change in the world and their personal motivation to do so. Both Kate Caroll and Margaret Evison stressed the importance of keeping the memory of their loved ones alive and finding a personal way to deal with the loss, such as writing or talking about it. Jo Dover, drawing from her rich experience of working and looking after survivors of political violence, emphasised the need of survivors to find a purpose in the death of their loved ones. This might be directly linked to the conflict that caused their loss, such as the work of the foundation of Kate Caroll to support young peace builders in Northern Ireland; but also to wider topics or values that were important to their loved ones, such as the Mark Evison Foundation dedicated to promoting youth leaders. The roundtable participants talked about their feelings of loss and the challenges associated with the continuous (re)telling of their stories, but also the encouragement they had received in their surroundings.
We would like to thank all the speakers and guests that helped making this event a success and look forward having the fourth roundtable of our series on Post-Revolutionary Egypt in March.
For more information on our guest speakers and their work please visit:
The Steve Caroll Foundation http://stevecarrollfoundation.com/
The Mark Evison Foundation http://www.markevisonfoundation.org/ds_markevisonfoundationorg/
The Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Foundation For Peace http://www.foundation4peace.org/