Minty Thompson, Derry/Londonderry

On 6th November 1971, when Minty was 12 years old, her mother Kathleen was shot dead by the British Army in the back garden of their home in Creggan. Minty’s mother left behind a husband and six children.

Minty described her motivation for joining the Forum:

“I wanted to join the Forum to make a positive contribution, because I believe there are opportunities where we can move forward on issues such as dealing with the past. The collective voice of victims and survivors has a lot of power, and I feel privileged to be part of that collective voice. It is my belief that victims should have a choice into what level of acknowledgment they seek, as individuals and families, for what happened to them or their loved ones in the past.”

Minty is hopeful that there are many areas where the Forum can make a difference:

“I believe that as a group, we can exert a positive influence on government and politicians. By 2019 I would hope the Forum will have played its part in the setting up of the institutions proposed in the Stormont House Agreement, including the Historical Inquiries Unit, the Oral History Archive, the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval and reparations for those in need.”