Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan were awarded theNobel Peace Prize for their work to end the violence in Northern Ireland, a conflict dating back to the division of Ireland by the British in the s Williams and Corrigan joined forces in Augustin their West Belfast neighborhood, when a woman and three children out for a walk were hit by a runaway car The car s driver was an Irish Republican Army gunman who had been shot by British soldiers The children were killed, their mother critically injured The tragedy prompted horrified Belfast women including Williams, a housewife, and Corrigan, the children s aunt to put a stop to the violence The pair founded Women for Peace later renamed Community for Peace People , and in weeks, ralliedthan , people to demonstrate against violence Though marchers were beaten and their own lives threatened, the women continued their efforts and were ultimately credited with reducing the conflict s death toll by half Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan presents the inspiring story of the two ordinary women who launched the Northern Ireland peace movement


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