Remembering Project has its roots in two visits to Northern
Ireland by Dr Alex Boraine of the South African Truth and Reconciliation
Commission in February 1999 and March 2000. These discussions, organised
by Victim Support Northern Ireland and NIACRO,
culminated in a report entitled All Truth is Bitter, which explores
the issue of truth-telling in countries in transition and the potential
for such a process to deal with those affected by the conflict in
Northern Ireland. However, whilst discussions with Dr Boraine during
both visits were wide ranging the need for more extensive and exhaustive
discussion and debate was identified. To do this the Healing
Through Remembering Project was launched in December 2000. The
Remembering Project undertook a range of in-depth discussions
with organisations, communities, politicians and individuals on
the issues of truth-telling and healing. These discussions led to
the identification and documentation of different mechanisms and
viable options for truth recovery in Northern Ireland conflict.
Brandon Hamber is employed as a facilitator to the project with
the role of undertaking the independent consultations and discussions
for the project and assisting the project team to achieve its goals.
He also assisted the Project Board with drafting the Final
Report, which was launched in June 2002.
he continued to work as a facilitator and strategic advisor to the
project until 2007. The project has continued to develop and has produced a
range of options and materials on how the past can be dealt with
in relation to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Currently Brandon Hamber is the Chair of the Healing Through Remembering Board.
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