Raising a family in Belfast

The Curley family lives just a wall's thickness from hatred, violence, and terrorism. Inside their Belfast home, there is love, hope, and concern. A Monitor photographer lived with them three days to see how a family survives in the most embattled city of Northern Ireland. `If ordinary people had a chance to come together instead of staying on one side of the fence, I think they could make a go of it.'

-- John Curley

BREAKFAST AND BULLETS: With a nod, John Curley acknowledges that an 18-man anti-terrorist unit just passed his home, while Louise, Sean, and Jacqualine go about their breakfast.

PROTECTION AND FEAR: On guard for terrorists, a British soldier dashes between the Curley's home and St. Peter's Cathedral. This area is notorious for violence, a common backdrop in the Curley's lives.

LOVE INDOORS, TENSION OUTSIDE: Patricia Curley plays with her youngest, Joanne. Meanwhile, John Curley spends time helping Belfast youth at Culling Tree Youth Club. Roman Catholic by faith, the Curleys avoid voicing political opinions as they strive to protect their tiny oasis.

CARING AND CONCERN: John Curley tucks son Sean into bed. Typical of many on both sides in Northern Ireland, John finds only occasional work while taking aid from the British government.

COMPASSION AND VIOLENCE: A wince comes over John Curley's face as he hears news about recent troubles. Behind him is the building complex where he lives.

LAUGHTER AND WATCHFULNESS: Sean Curley squeals with delight as his father, John, offers a steady hand on a slide. Despite dangers around them, the Curleys find joy.

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