A Mother's Tears...

There have been all too many images of women in Northern Ireland walking behind the coffins of their sons and daughters and mothers suffer tremendous pressures trying to rear children in communities affected by violence

You look back and 
you have my brother,
and then you have my sister,
and then you have my nephew
and then you had my son.
It was like your whole family
was going to get wiped out.
It just seemed like a big circle,
there was going to be no opening in it.
It was going to revolve around us
all the time.
And that's why now, I fear more now
for the bigger ones I have.

Additional extracts from: a mother whose son has been the victim of multiple punishment beatings and a mother whose son was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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