Photos Of Children In The Troubles: Northern Ireland 1969-1981

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July 1970: Armed British soldiers impose a curfew on the Falls Road in Belfast. (Photo by Malcolm Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

By , Flashbak

The Troubles refers to the war in Northern Ireland between Unionists for the United Kingdom and Republicans in favour of a unified Ireland. This bloody fight is too-neatly bookended by a civil rights march in Londonderry on 5 October 1968 and the the Good Friday Agreement on 10 April 1998. Northern Ireland was a place synonymous with murder, bombs, hit-squads, vicious bastards, shootings, victims of liberal bigots, prison and intimidation. You can read about the history of Northern Ireland in a thousand books. Where to begin? Well, Lost Lives by David McKittrick, by Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeley and Chris Thornton, Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Hunger Strike by David Beresford, and Trinity by Leon Uris are all good places to begin. In the meantime, these pictures of children who lived through the hate and destruction tell their own stories.

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