Stories from the troubled past

Journalist Susan McKay has spoken to relatives of victims of the Troubles for the Silence project. They speak of the difficulty of living without all the answers to the violent past.

A new archive will be launched in Belfast today, telling the stories of the families of those who were killed during the Troubles.

The people interviewed include Isadore Whyte whose mother was blown up and killed by loyalists and whose father could not live long without her, Stella Robinson whose parents were killed in the IRA’s Enniskillen bomb, and Joe Campbell whose policeman father was shot by loyalists with the alleged collusion of RUC members.

In one of the most harrowing accounts, Edward Brady tells of how his Catholic father was killed by the British army. His Protestant mother was then banished by republicans. Later, the Brady children were put into care in Britain: “We were fostered out to people that didn’t like us, treated us like slaves.”

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