A wall mural examining the realities of genocide will offer a stark warning to the people of Northern Ireland when it is unveiled at a Belfast school next week.
The new 32-foot mural, created by young people from east Belfast and Bray, will mark the anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda on Monday.
The Year 12 students from Orangefield High School and Presentation College developed the mural in order to highlight the horrors of genocide to members of their own generation.
The work involved young people exploring the nature and consequences of violence, looking at the issue from the viewpoint of the conflict in Ireland and how such issues can be explored through art.
It is based on the eight stages of genocide - classification, symbolisation, dehumanisation, organisation, polarisation, preparation, extermination and denial.
One Orangefield pupil, Chris McClelland, said: "While it is incomprehensible to people throughout the world as to how 800,000 Rwandans could be killed in 100 days in 1994, so too is it incomprehensible that 3,636 people could be killed in Northern Ireland in 30 years.
"These realities and the educational implications of them have been at the heart of our work over the past three months."
The mural will be officially launched at a ceremony on September 27 at 11am at Orangefield High School.
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