“Connecting people across a divide; challenging pervasive narratives of conflict and misunderstanding”
PEOPLE WHO DREAM OF PEACE AND CONNECTION
NOVEMBER 2021 | 65 PORTRAITS
To explain our community action, it’s important to start with a bit of fairly recent history that has complicated a much longer history. In 1974, Cyprus was divided as a result of violent conflict. This left two halves of a whole with a common past, divided present and what we hope will be a united future. One of the most frustrating parts of it all is that where there was once friendships, understanding and collaboration turned into resentment and aggression. Of course, this hasn’t been made worse through experiences of exchange because this has been limited but rather by stories, fear, sadness and anger. This is what we mean by conflict narratives. Here xenophobia can easily go unchallenged and even applauded as a result of these narratives. On a larger scale, our community action seeks to challenge this. We want to bring together these faces, divided by barbed wire, and view them as one. This is the story we want for our future. We want these conflict narratives turned inside out and thrown away. We want the inside that comes out to be full of peace.