Though transitional justice measures are increasingly used to address displacement, particularly restitution programs and truth-telling initiatives, the issue of addressing the long-term impact of displacement on individuals, communities and wider society represents significant challenges for peacebuilding processes. Based on in-depth interviews with those who suffered displacement in Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’, this paper seeks to explore the marginalised and often silenced narratives of those displaced, shedding light on the multi-layered short and long-term harms and consequences of displacement for individuals, families and community relations. The article’s argument is two-fold: first, that experiences of displacement should be considered as a form of conflict-related harm and trauma and those displaced recognised as victims. And second, it finds that ‘story-telling’ and other bottom-up acknowledgment projects are seen by victims and survivors as an effective vehicle to ‘break’ the silence, end the denial and advance their pursuit of recognition and acknowledgment.
|Journal||International Journal of Transitional Justice|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 5 Nov 2020|
- Northern Ireland
- transitional justice
- the Troubles