Story Topic: Conflict and War

Bassam Aramin (Palestine)

Photography by Dubi Roman Bassam Aramin became involved in the Palestinian struggle as a boy growing up in the ancient city of Hebron. At 17, he was caught planning an attack on Israeli troops and spent the next seven years in prison. In 2005, he co-founded Combatants for Peace (www.combatantsforpeace.org), an organisation of former Israeli… more

Kemal Pervanic (Bosnia)

Photography by Brian Moody Kemal Pervanic is a survivor of the notorious Omarska concentration camp, which was set up by Bosnian Serb forces in the early days of the Bosnian War. The camp, nominally an ‘investigation centre’, was uncovered by British journalists in 1992, leading to international outrage and condemnation. Kemal now lives in England,… more

Norman Kember (Iraq)

Photography by Brian Moody In November 2005, Norman Kember (then aged 74) travelled to Iraq with the international peace organisation, Christian Peacemaker Teams. Within days he had been taken hostage along with three other members of the group. By the time the SAS rescued them 117 days later, one member of their group, Tom Fox,… more

Gertrude Levi (Hungary)

Trude Levi – survivor of Auschwitz – was born in Szombathely, the most anti- Semitic town in Hungary, the daughter of a doctor. Believing the Hungarian Jews would escape the grip of Hitler, she lived a relatively normal life until 19th March 1944 when the Nazis occupied Hungary. In July that year, aged 20, Trude… more

Eva Kor (Poland)

Photography by Grant Stapleton At the age of ten, twins Eva and Miriam Mozes, were taken to Auschwitz where Dr Josef Mengele used them for medical experiments. Both survived, but Miriam died in 1993 when she developed cancer of the bladder as a consequence of the experiments done to her as a child. Eva Kor… more

Odongtoo Jimmy (Uganda)

Photography by Brian Moody In July 2002, Odongtoo Jimmy was abducted by the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. Two years later he escaped. The LRA, led by the fanatical Joseph Kony, had abducted 25,000 children. In his army, boys were given a choice: kill or be killed, while girls were used as… more

Mary Blewitt (Rwanda)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1994, in just one hundred days, a million people were killed in Rwanda as the world stood by and did nothing. Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, a Rwandan, had left the country some years prior to the genocide. On hearing of the killings, she tried to return home, but all the borders… more

Eric Lomax (Scotland)

Photography by Brian Moody During the Second World War Eric Lomax was tortured by the Japanese on the Burma-Siam Railway. 50 years later he met one of his tormentors. His book, The Railway Man, tells the story. If you are a victim of torture you never totally recover. You may cope with the physical damage,… more

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