February 7, 2008
When you are in Belfast, you notice many murals in the city. This is a mural of Bobby Sands on a wall of the building of Sinn Fein office on Falls Rd.
Bobby Sands lead a hunger strike in 1981 after the years of solitary confinement and torture, to assert the political status denied them by the British government and its repressive prison regime. After 66 days on hunger strike, Bobby Sands died at age of 27 on May 5, 1981.
During the hunger strike, Bobby Sands was elected as MP for the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone. In prison, he wrote short stories, poetry and kept diary, some of which were published by the Bobby Sands Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
While his story and the hunger strike definitely tell a tough and tragic history of Northern Ireland, I thought that a smiling face of Bobby in colorful mural told his strong belief and hope for the future.