Orange-White-Green vs. Blue-Red-White
Although we had talked about the conflicts in Northern Ireland in our seminar, it was quite interesting to see how the Irish people deal with the troubles in everyday life. In Derry we were able to see what living in a separated society means. Together with some other students, I walked along the city wall and decided to go down to the Catholic and Protestant areas.
On the one hand it was quite interesting to look at some of the most famous murals and the Bloody Sunday Monument in the Catholic area. But on the other hand it was quite disconcerting to see that some kids had fun in painting the pavement in the colours of the flag of the Republic of Ireland: orange-white-green. In addition to this one could find the flying flag of the Republic of Ireland nearly at every corner. Similar to this was the Protestant area. But in contrast to the orange-white-green flag, the Protestant Unionists are in favour of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and painted everything in the colours of blue-red-white.
Both areas were separated from each other via a high fence. A big security tower with cameras monitored the different parties as well, so that in the case of differences between the two parties the police could intervene.
Back home full of impressions of the troubles, I found that it is much easier to understand the conflict.