Samantha Lawler (USA)

Photograph by Louisa Hext Samantha Lawler’s mother was murdered by her father in 1999 at the family home in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Her father admitted to strangling his wife, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and rape and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.  13 years later Samantha visited her father in prison –… more

Cathy Harrington (USA)

In 2004 Cathy Harrington’s 26-year old daughter, Leslie, was murdered in a brutal attack in her own home.  It was Halloween night when the killer broke in, also taking the life of another of Leslie’s housemates. A year later, after an extensive police investigation, Eric Copple admitted to the crimes.  Copple is now serving two… more

Liz Brereton (England)

Photo by Brian Moody In August 2008 Liz Brereton’s 21-year-old daughter, Ruth, was killed in a car crash travelling back from Portsmouth to her home in Croydon.  Two years later the driver of the car received a two year prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for two years.… more

Dave Dineen (Ireland)

Photo by Brian Moody Dave Dineen first encountered sexual abuse at the age of seven. Through a stormy childhood he found himself placed in the care of a religious institution in Cork. His healing journey has been about learning to live with a difficult past. He is the CEO and Founder of LÁMH Healing Foundation… more

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

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