Grace Idowu (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody In 2008 Tim and Grace Idowu’s  third child, 14-year-old David, was murdered in the park opposite his home in South London. The perpetrator was 16-year-old Elijah Dayoni who later received a minimum sentence of 12 years. In 2010 Grace met Elijah at a restorative justice conference at Ashfield Young Offenders Institute. The… more

Assaad Emile Chaftari (Lebanon)

Assaad Emile Chaftari served as a senior intelligence official in the Christian militia during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and was responsible for many deaths.  In 2000, he wrote a letter of apology to all his victims which was then published in the national media. Since then he has dedicated his life to peace building… more

Sokreaksa Himm (Cambodia)

In 1977 at the age of 14, Sokreaksa “Reaksa” Himm saw 13 members of his family murdered by Khmer Rouge soldiers in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Miraculously surviving the massacre, Reaksa swore revenge against the men responsible for the loss of his family. Years later, after surviving the horrors of refugee camps and roving… more

Brima Koker (Sierra Leone)

Photograph by Kalilu Totangi In 1991 when the civil war broke out in Sierra Leone, Brima Koker joined the rebel RUF (Revolutionary United Front) army to fight against Government forces. The war lasted until 2002 and left more than 50,000 people dead and over two million people displaced in neighbouring countries. The organisation Fambul Tok,… more

Satta Joe (Sierra Leone)

Photograph by Kalilu Totangi Satta Joe was a victim of the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002). She lives in the Kono District – an area with rich diamond reserves which experienced devastation during the war when looting and constant fighting took place between the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) rebels and Government forces. The war left… more

Lynette D. Grace (USA)

21 years ago Lynette Grace was attacked by her friend’s son, Johnny. In the same attack Johnny killed his own mother. 20 years later Lynette has met and formed a close bond with him. When my mother died suddenly I flew into town to attend her funeral and stayed the night with a friend from… more

Philippe Ngirente & Teresphore Uzabakiriho (Rwanda)

Philippe (left) & Teresphore (right) In 1994 when one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, Uzabakiriho Teresphore (a Hutu) murdered the father of Ngirente Philippe (a Tutsi).   Thirteen years later, Philippe came face-to-face with his father’s killer at a Gacaca court trial. Gacaca courts are a participatory justice system traditionally… more

Shad Ali (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody Shad Ali, an ex social worker, is a British Pakistani who has lived and worked in Nottingham all his life. In July 2008 he came to the rescue of two Pakistani women who were being racially abused by a passing pedestrian. Six years later Shad met his attacker at a face-to-… more

Sebastian Marroquin (Argentina)

Sebastian Marroquin is the son of the infamous Colombian drug baron, Pablo Escobar, who, at the height of his career controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. In 1993 Escobar was killed in a gunfight with Colombian police. Exiled in Argentina, Sebastian has spent his adult life carving an alternative path and, in a bid… more

Kelly Connor (Australia)

Photograph by Brian Moody In 1971 Kelly Connor, then aged 17, was responsible for the death of a 77-year-old woman in a road accident in Perth, Australia. She has since moved to England and written a memoir about her experience. To Cause a Death is dedicated to both her daughter, Meegan, and Margaret Healey –… more

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