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TAKING A STAND
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Tuesdays 09:00-09:30
Fergal Keane talks to people who have stood up for what they believe in.

Producer: Jane Beresford
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Tuesday 17 February 2004
Graffiti, Belfast
Graffiti, Belfast

Listen to Helen McKendry's story. Click here to listen to Helen McKendry's story.

"The Disappeared" of Northern Ireland

Helen McKendry was fifteen years old when her mother Jean McConville was abducted from West Belfast by the IRA. She was never seen again.

Jean's large family were split up and taken into care. Fearing reprisals and still hoping that her mother would one day return, Helen kept her silence for two decades. It was the death of one of her sisters in 1992 that led Helen to take a stand against the culture of secrecy about the 'disappeared' of Northern Ireland.

Helen McKendry founded "Families of the Disappeared" to campaign for information about the 12 people who went missing during " the Troubles". Her stand has brought her face-to-face with the IRA - and the anger of members of her own community. Jean McConville's remains were recovered last year, over thirty years after she "disappeared".


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