Story Topic: Political Violence

Khaled al-Berry (Egypt)

Photography by Brian Moody As a teenager Khaled al-Berry belonged to the radical Egyptian Islamist group, el-Gama’a al-Islamiya. A former BBC journalist, he is now editor-in-chief of dotMSR, a mutlimedia website. In 2009 Khaled published his book, ‘Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist’s Own Story’. I was not attracted to the radicals’ brand of… more

Marie Fatayi-Williams (England)

Photography by Brian Moody When Marie Fatayi-Williams’ only son, Anthony, was killed on the No 30 bus in London on 7 July 2005, her call for an end to violence made headlines across the world. She has since set up an international foundation in Anthony’s honour to work for and promote peace and conflict resolution.… more

Bud Welch (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody In April 1995 Bud Welch’s 23-year-old daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City along with 167 others. In the months after her death, Bud changed from supporting the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to taking a public stand against… more

Robi Damelin (Israel)

Photography by Brian Moody In March 2002 Robi Damelin’s son, David, was shot by a sniper while serving in the Israeli army. He was 28 years old. Robi now works for The Parents Circle ( Families Forum, a group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families supporting reconciliation and peace. When I was told that David had been… more

Andrew Rice (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody On September 11 2001, investment banker David Rice was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed. Since then, his younger brother, Andrew Rice, has dedicated himself to trying to understand the underlying causes of violence. He is a member of Peaceful Tomorrows, a group founded by family members of September 11… more

Martin Snodden (Northern Ireland)

Photography by Brian Moody As a former paramilitary, Martin Snodden has served a life sentence in the Maze Prison for his activities as a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Fifteen years later he was released under licence. He now operates as an independent international trainer and consultant. What drove me to take up… more

Ghazi Briegeith & Rami Elhanan (Israel)

Photography by Brian Moody Ghazi Briegeith, a Palestinian electrician living in Hebron, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli graphic designer from Jerusalem, met through The Parents Circle – a group of bereaved families supporting reconciliation and peace. Ghazi’s brother was killed at a checkpoint in 2000. Rami’s 14-year-old daughter was the victim of a suicide bombing in… more

Mariane Pearl (Pakistan)

Photography by Brian Moody Mariane Pearl, pictured here with her son Adam, aged 18 months, was five months pregnant when her husband, the American journalist Daniel Pearl, was brutally murdered by a militant Islamic fundamentalist group in February 2002. Determined not to be broken, she has written a book called A Mighty Heart: The Brave… more

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