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Youth of Belfast

Toby Binder | United Kingdom

Belfast, Shankill. Bonfire preparations at Conway Street

Northern Ireland will have to leave the European Union due to UK’s Brexit referendum in 2016 although a majority of its citizens voted to remain. While the local Protestant Unionists voted to leave, the Catholic Nationalists wanted to remain within the EU.

The photo essay covers the situation of young people in six Catholic as well as Protestant neighbourhoods of Belfast. The wide body of work shows that kids in Northern Ireland often suffer the same problems no matter if they live on one or the other side of the wall – unemployment, drug-abuse, violence and lack of perspectives are often omnipresent. And although a majority doesn’t have any contact to youngsters from the opposite party they want to overcome the old patterns and live a life as they know it from other parts of Europe.

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