A group of women from Derry have formed a campaign group to call for an end to vigilante attacks against young people.
The MOVE ON (Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere) campaign group was formed in the city on Friday and will stage a protest on the Peace Bridge this week calling for an end to the targeting of young people by vigilante groups.
One of the founders of the group, Brónach McMonagle from Dove House said the initiative was prompted by the shooting of two young men in the Bogside last week and threats issued against two others.
“Following on from the rallies and protests, a group of concerned mothers and local residents came together to stand up and call for an end to these attacks.
“Part of the role of a mother is to protect her children and we want to stand up, as mothers and concerned women, and say that we want to see all our young people protected.
“Shooting them in alleyways is not the way. No mother should have to deal with that,” she said.
Mrs McMonagle said the group will hold its first pubic event on the Peace Bridge on Friday.
“Given the fact that Mother’s Day is this weekend, we are calling all mothers and women to come along and join us on the Peace Bridge on Friday at 1pm, wearing white t-shirts, to stage a rally for peace. We will be releasing white balloons into the air,” she explained.
The community worker also said that one of the young men shot last week, Ciaran McFadden, had won an award for his work with young people.
“Ciaran worked in Dove House and on the morning of the day he was shot I received a letter saying that he had won an award.
“This was for his contribution of 200 hours of voluntary community work making young people aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” she said.