Reconstructing Christchurch

By Rebecca Macfie In Letter from Christchurch

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Standing in Christchurch’s decimated city centre, Conal McFeely was transported back to the Londonderry of the 1980s. Although the damage to Christchurch was inflicted by nature, whereas his Northern Ireland hometown was torn apart by political violence, the parallels are unmistakable, he says. “I found myself revisiting the pain and hurt and devastation. The fenced-off areas, the members of the security forces and police on guard – it was so eerie. I was where I was 15 or 20 years ago,” says McFeely, who runs Creggan Enterprises, a community economic development organisation in ...

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