Welcome to Building Bridges for Peace
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Highlights of this year so far are; in April 2013 we’ve had a successful speaking tour of Palestine and Israel and are planning to return in 2014 by popular request. Jo Berry and Pat Magee were interviewed on Conscious TV; Jo Berry received a standing ovation for her TEDx talk in Exeter in April 2013. Excerpts from Beyond Right and Wrong a documentary featuring Jo and Pat’s work can be seen by following the links below.
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Beyond Right and WrongThe feature documentary, "Beyond Right and Wrong" tells the stories of people who both endured and perpetrated cruelty and aggression in the genocide in Rwanda, the violence in Israel/Palestine, and the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. This film focuses on extreme situations but is actually the human story of everyday possibilities in life.
Jo and Pat’s story are featured in this excellent documentary.
"I think it is good therapy for individuals like Pat and Jo to tell their stories. Finding out the truth from those stories is a key to heal the wounds. Healing comes through understanding and a realisation that my humanity is inextricably caught up in yours - no matter what terrible things you might have done."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“It was a real privilege to host Pat and Jo at our school. They have led remarkable lives and have been thrown together by history. Jo Berry is an inspirational lady, who walks the talk by genuinely forgiving the man who killed her father. Their talk covered some very important issues including religion and spirituality, forgiveness, history, peace and empathy. Pat was not at all what the students had expected and totally disarmed them as he spoke of peace and regret. It was one of the best 90 minutes of my life.”
David Elstone, Headmaster of Hymers College
'Unless forgiveness and reconciliation are achieved as part of robust conflict resolution, there is every chance that conflict can start again - as Northern Ireland demonstrates even now.'
Simon Hughes MP, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues
- To advance the education of the public of the roots of war and violence and to build a more peaceful society by demonstrating how dialogue and mediation can resolve and transform conflict