Story Topic: Reconciliation

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 Lebanese press. Since then he has dedicated his life to peace… 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. You can contact Lynette at doorkeeper90@gmail.com. When my mother died suddenly I flew into town to attend her funeral and stayed the… 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

Victoria Ruvolo (USA)

On a cold night in November 12, 2004 six teenagers in Ronkonkoma, New York bought a 20 pound turkey with a stolen credit card. While driving on Sunrise Highway, 18 year-old Ryan Cushing threw the frozen bird out the back window just for a thrill. The turkey hit Victoria Ruvolo’s car, shattering the windshield and… more

Mark Henderson (Colombia)

Photography – Brian Moody In 2003 film-maker Mark Henderson was trekking in the Colombian jungle with a  group of foreign tourists when he was taken hostage by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), a Colombian Marxist group. Two of the hostages were released early, but Mark, along with four Israelis, were held for a total… more

Shannon Moroney (Canada)

In October 2005 Shannon Moroney married Jason Staples having been in a loving and committed relationship for three years. One month later, Jason attacked and brutally violated two female strangers at his workplace and hours later brought them to the home he shared with Shannon. On arrest, he disclosed that he had also committed acts of… more

Natalia Aggiano (England)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1997, after 30 years of bullying and abuse, Natalia Aggiano’s mother was brutally murdered by her father at his home in Scunthorpe, England. Her father later died of cancer in prison. Natalia has written a book with Vanessa Howard on her experience, ‘Unconditional Love’ (2008). My dad was brought up as a… more

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