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Partner of Lyra McKee calls on people to be history makers for reconciliation

Sara Canning, partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee, has called on people to become "history makers" for reconciliation
Seamus McKinney

THE partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has called on people to become “history makers” to bring about a more reconciled society.

Sara Canning was speaking during the latest discussion organised by the John and Pat Hume Foundation.

Lyra McKee was shot dead by a dissident republican gunman during rioting in Derry’s Creggan area in April 2019.

A member of the foundation’s board, Ms Canning chaired a discussion yesterday on “A Shared Home, the Unfinished Business of Reconciliation”.

She was joined by Derry community workers Maureen Hetherington, Helen Henderson and Seamus Farrell.

The John and Pat Hume Foundation was established to promote their legacy by working on the principles of partnership, respect and resilience.

Ms Canning said it recognised the “incredible resilience of quiet peacemakers” from the Bogside to the Waterside in Derry, and Falls and Shankill Roads in Belfast.

The Derry woman said speakers yesterday challenged people to think differently and change the conversation on reconciliation.

“We were challenged to be more solution focused; where do we want to be in 2050 and then work backwards with the goal of building a more reconciled society.

"We are facing an existential crisis locally and globally. We must be history makers and are called to make history."

Ms Hetherington also said society had to look at reconciliation differently in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“No longer can we be insular in our thinking about our place here or in the world. We need a global vision."

She said the globalisation people were familiar with was neo-liberalist and destructive of humanity and of the earth.

“But there is an alternative, a global system that is ethical and compassionate, that following the African concept of 'Ubuntu' locates individual identity in the context of belonging to each other,” Ms Hetherington said.

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