Jo Berry – 35 years after

12 October 2019
On the 35th anniversary of the IRA bomb at the Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton that killed her father, Jo Berry reflects on the impact that it has had on her and the subsequent work she has done for reconciliation.

“I was 27 and vowed to bring something positive out of the atrocity. That never ends, and today I renew my commitment to be bolder in my peace-work for Building Bridges for Peace, be more courageous in challenging judgements and hatred,to let go more of righteousness and blaming which stops me hearing your story and seeing you in your full humanity.

It seems there is more division, hatred, violence and suffering in the world, yet I believe in a world where we can all make a positive difference and our capacity to be compassionate can grow when we empathise with our ‘other’.

Non violence is the way, for every time we hurt another human being, we are all affected. It is time that we care for everyone around the world, we are a global family and we all matter.

I send my love to everyone”

Jo Berry
12 October 2019