Pax Christi at Imperial War Museum

Katrina and Jess with Bruce Kent

Katrina and Jess with Bruce Kent

Presenting peace history creatively was one of the strong features of Pax Christi's contribution to the annual Movement for the Abolition of War Peace History Conference, held at the Imperial War Museum in London on 16 and 17 April.

Valerie Flessati, a peace historian and vice-president of Pax Christi, told the story of the Larzac community in France.  Between 1971 and 1981 peasants used nonviolent strategies to challenge the government and military in France to protect their land, their livelihoods and their heritage from the expansion of a military base.  Their persistence and organisation won the day under the presidency of François Mitterrand

The life of the writer and pacifist Vera Brittain was told through drama by a group of students from La Sainte Union RC School in Highgate, London. They had been inspired by her story to create a short play for their GCSE project work.

DVD format was chosen by students from Woldingham School in Surrey to tell the story of a recent Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi from Iran. They were the winners of the Pax Christi schools contest, which was to tell the story of a peace hero or heroine.  Two of their number, Katrina Northern and Jess Horrocks were interviewed about the project, telling of how they had been inspired by the compassion, courage and persistence of this peace woman.