Derry/Londonderry has a rich history of music, culture and legacy, but sadly also one of sectarianism and violence. Believed by many to be the place where the Troubles started on May 5th, 1968, it is also the city of the Battle of the Bogside (1969) and of the tragic Bloody Sunday (1972). A city always divided, even in the name people call it.

In the past few years though, a lot of effort was put in place to make Derry a better place, a happier, more prosperous and more welcoming one. But today we ask ourselves: where does inclusion fit in a country struggling with politics and economics, and can our young people be confident that their hometown is doing its bit to help marginalised individuals feel included? 

R.E.A.C.H. Across is a cross-community youth organisation promoting contact between young people of different backgrounds and religions through a structured programme of events and activities. When Headliners Foyle started working with a group of their young people, we asked them first and foremost what inclusion meant to them, if they believed Derry was an inclusive place and what it was like to grow up in a divided community.

In a podcast, they opened about their fears for the future and what they believe must change in Derry.







This podcast and series of photographs are part of our Good Relations & Inclusion, Diversity and Equality of Opportunity project with R.E.A.C.H. Across where the young people explore the theme of community divide and how to cross it.

Brought to you by Grace, Ellen, Roisin, Lucy, Macy, Harriet and Kaelah.
Produced and edited by Marie Sauvé.
Thank you to the Education Authority Northern Ireland for making this project possible through their support.