In 1998, political leaders in Northern Ireland signed a peace agreement they hoped would end the Troubles, a 30 year period of armed conflict between Catholic nationalists and Protestant loyalists. Decades later, the situation has improved, but cities like Belfast remain divided by dozens of fences and walls separating the two communities. And removing them isn’t going to be easy. On this episode of Far From Home, I visit Northern Ireland to learn about the history and speak to residents about why the walls are still standing.
This documentary was produced in collaboration with my friends at the excellent podcast 99% Invisible, which you should definitely check out if you aren’t already a listener. Visit their website for more background information about this story and to hear an extended conversation between me and host Roman Mars (starting around 27:00 into episode 367) about the connection between the peace walls and Brexit, the ongoing divisions between Catholics and Protestants, and a very funny television show that’s helping to bring them together.
Also, visit my website to see photos and an interactive map of the peace walls in Northern Ireland.
Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org
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