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Northern Ireland: Time to choose

04-03-2014 Feature

Paramilitary groups still exert a strong grip over some communities in Northern Ireland. They attack or exile young people as punishment for alleged crimes, particularly in Republican areas where local people prefer not to deal with the police.

The ICRC supports groups that try to protect young people by intervening with paramilitaries to have threats of violence lifted. Here, staff from the Time2Choose project explain how they work with youngsters to tackle problems with behaviour that put them at risk.