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Bloody Sunday left John Hume devastated as his hometown made headlines worldwide

Kathy Donaghy


The dedicated young teacher and rights activist could not have foreseen how the Troubles would change life irrevocably, writes Kathy Donaghy

There is a photograph of John Hume taken in Derry in 1969. He's standing in the middle of a street on his own with his hands raised in supplication as six policemen carrying riot shields walk towards him. His expression is calm despite the obvious tension as he implores them to stop.

It says much about the man. Calm, resilient and yet unwavering in his belief that there is always another way, a peaceful way.

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John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images