Anne-Marie Cockburn (England)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi In July 2013 Anne-Marie Cockburn’s 15-year-old daughter, Martha Fernback, spent the afternoon in an Oxford park with friends when she took a half gram of pure crystallised MDMA (ecstasy) which killed her. A 17-year-old man was given an 18-month supervision order for supplying Class A drugs. Anne-Marie’s book 5742 Days (the… more

Zak Ebrahim (USA)

Zak Ebrahim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983 to an American mother and an Egyptian father, El Sayyid Nosair. When Zak was seven, his father assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-Orthodox, anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. From prison, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing which killed six people and injured over… more

Irina Krasovskaya (Belarus)

On 16 September 1999 Irina Krasovskaya’s husband, businessman Anatoly Krasovsky, was abducted and murdered by the security forces in Belarus. No one has ever claimed responsibility and Anatoly‘s body has never been found.  Ever since then Irina has campaigned extensively to raise awareness for the plight of all those who have been “disappeared” during the dictatorship… more

Susan Waters (England)

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents now dead, she waived her right to anonymity. The pressure to blindly forgive, particularly within Church… more

Gayle Kirschenbaum (USA)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi As a result of a deeply unhappy childhood, American filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum decided to take her mother to task by making a documentary about their difficult and painful relationship. The result was the award-winning documentary LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER!, a humorous, intimate and courageous film following the transformation of this tumultuous… more

Karsten Mathiasen (Denmark)

Karsten Mathiasen is a Danish clown and storyteller who shares here his own personal story of healing and forgiveness after a bitter marital breakdown. Karsten is director of Cirkus Bella Donna, one of the smallest circuses in Denmark and uses the art of storytelling in peacebuilding and social work – tilgivelse.dk. The catastrophe happened some years… more

Mathew Shurka (USA)

In 2004, when Mathew Shurka was 16 his father took him to a licensed therapist who claimed he could make gay people straight.  As a result Mathew, who lives in Brooklyn New York, is now a prominent activist working to end conversion therapy. I grew up in the suburbs of New York in a close-knit… more

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