Sef Townsend: What Survivors for Peace means to me
February 23, 2014 | admin
Sef Townsend lost his hearing in an IRA bomb in London in 1992. He came to the Foundation in 2009 and has participated in many programmes both in the UK and abroad.
“I feel I gained a huge amount from Survivors for Peace , and I can quite honestly say it has changed my life, in facing the changes that happened to me after my brush with political violence. The choices I have made since working on the various programmes that came out of my involvement with Survivors for Peace, the work I am now doing, and the people I am now meeting and engaging with, would not have been part of my life without this strong feeling that I had to do something with my experiences, that Survivors for Peace helped me to face up to.
I am just about to embark on a month long tour of Israel and Palestine, meeting and working with many organisations and individuals dedicated to building peace. I’ll be working with members of Family Forum-Parents Circle, members of Combatants for Peace, and will be presenting some of my own storytelling work on the theme of peace in Nablus, Haifa, Acre and Nazareth working with all communities in the region.
All of this came from the understanding that I can do something to change a situation, which might otherwise have damaged me much more than just the physical results of losing my hearing to a terrorist bomb. Survivors for Peace has played a huge part in my sense of doing something meaningful out of an otherwise very damaging and negative experience.”