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Pauline is a Belgian Erasmus student in Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland. With her friend Stéphane, she goes to Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Belfast is the last city within the European Union that still has walls separating the different communities from each other. Since 1968, a civil war has engraved severe consequences on its citizens. The civil war in Northern Ireland counts some 3600 victims, 47 000 wounded persons and the area has known 16 000 bombing attacks in only 30 years time.
Today, the so called “peace walls” divides ruthlessly the city into two, with walls that can count 7.6 meters, which represents twice the height of the Berlin wall.
David, who works at the Belfast City Council, works with help from the European programme for Peace, to support voluntaries “on the ground” like Trevor. Trevor is a protestant who encourage a dialogue and development of both the Protestant as well as the Catholic communities in West Belfast.
“It has taken a lot of time for the people to realise that a part from their religious difference, they have had and have the same problems on each side of the wall…” Trevor concludes: “but sometimes people just don’t want to change”.

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