Global Images Contest 2005-2006
Northern Ireland: A New Belfast?
Melissa Yasinow '06
This picture has taught me the essence of solving ethnic conflict. Taken in one of the most ardently Loyalist neighborhoods in Belfast, this mural was surrounded by both paintings that glorified machine gun-wielding martyrs and playgrounds. This utopian tableau symbolizes Belfast’s desire for a better tomorrow. However, we also see that peace is not easily made. Lying beneath there is a reminder of the conflict that has plagued Northern Ireland for 400 years; the gutter is painted the loyalist red, white, and blue. Peace is not made only by envisioning a better tomorrow, but by understanding that history does not die.