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Survivors and victims to speak at Troubles event

Justice campaigner Eugene Reavey, who had three brothers killed during the Troubles, will speak an event to highlight “the human story” of the conflict 
Connla Young

VICTIMS and survivors of the Troubles have launched an initiative to highlight "the human story" of the conflict.

Those involved with the 'Voice of the Victim' project will take part in a panel discussion at two events in south Armagh and Belfast this weekend.

Those taking part include Eugene Reavey, whose three brothers were killed by the UVF in 1976, and Alan McBride, who lost his wife in the Shankill Road bombing in 1993.

Stephen Travers, who survived the attack on the Miami Showband in 1975 will also be joined by Joe Campbell whose father Joe, an RUC sergeant, was murdered by loyalists in 1977.

Eugene Reavey said the families have been forced to fight for justice.

"We have been trying to get the truth out there about the killing of the Reavey brothers by security forces in collusion with the Glenanne gang but now we, along with other families who have strived for justice over the years, with many obstacles put in our way, are taking their stories on the road.

"These promise to be very informative evenings dealing with the impact on families at the time and the aftermath.

Alan McBride said hopes lessons will be learned from the stories being told during the event.

"Death and injury was a common occurrence during the bad days of the Troubles.

"I remember often wakening up and putting on the radio to be told about the latest atrocity and thinking when will it ever end.

"These stories serve as a reminder that the bad days of the past should never be repeated."

The first event will take place at Ti Chulainn in Mullaghbawn, Co. Armagh, tonight at 7.30 pm with the second being held at the same time tomorrow night at All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in south Belfast and will be chaired by broadcaster and writer Eamonn Mallie.

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