"In my community, there are many elders who have experienced the 'Troubles' and who can tell us how it was before. And we can explain to them how it's going today." Catherine, 24, grew up in an Irish neighbourhood in Belfast. In his street, commemorative frescoes adorn many facades, accompanied by slogans in Gaelic and some green, white and orange flags.

Since her teenage years, Catherine has identified as a Republican. She grew up in a historically Catholic community and in favour of a reunification of the two Irelands.

Change of scenery in the British quarters: here, Union Jack flags fly by the dozens, in every street and in front of every house. The sidewalks are even painted blue, red and white.

Joel grew up in this community historically attached to the British crown and Protestant, which identifies as Unionist or Loyalist. For the 22-year-old and his entourage, Northern Ireland must remain in the United Kingdom.

It recounts the same impact of the past on his daily life. For him too, the history of his country still weighs heavily in people's minds: "I would like people to know that Northern Ireland is not just about bombs and clashes."

Communities still separated by walls in some neighbourhoods

These "Troubles" refer to the thirty years during which Northern Ireland was plunged into an internal armed conflict between these British and Irish communities. The conflict officially ended in 1998 with the Good Friday Agreement and after causing more than 3,500 deaths.

Yet 25 years later, Belfast remains divided by walls marking the separation between some unionist and other nationalist districts. The first "Peace Walls" were built in the 1960s and the last ones date from 2013, several years after the peace agreement.

"Politicians don't really seem to care about our version of peace, but rather their own version of peace," Joel said. Like Catherine, he works for the establishment of inter-community dynamics between young Belfastois, in order to deconstruct these walls still present in the streets and in the minds.

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