Richard Moore

On Thursday the 4th of May 1972 when a ten year-old Richard Moore was on his way home from school that his life was to change forever. As he ran past an army lookout post located at the edge of his school’s playground, a British Soldier fired a rubber bullet, blinding him for life. This is where his remarkable story of forgiveness and compassion begins.

Despite losing his sight in such a traumatic way, Richard returned to his old school, went onto university, successfully ran his own business, became an accomplished musician, is married with two children and leads a very active and fulfilling life.

Richard didn’t harbor any bitterness towards the soldier who shot him and always expressed his desire to meet him. In January 2006, Richard met Charles for the first time and the two men have become close friends.

Amazingly, from childhood to the present day, he has never allowed his blindness to hinder his development. “I have learned to see life in a different way”, is how he describes his remarkable acceptance of what, for most, would be a debilitating trauma.

In 1996 Richard felt the need to harness all that he had learned and put it at the service of humanity, particularly to children around the world who have been caught in the crossfire of poverty. The story of Children in Crossfire therefore has its roots in what began as a tragedy and ended as a triumph of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, describes Richard as “an indomitable spirit, he is a real practitioner of compassion, and a living example of peace, he is my hero”.



Text of Richard’s speech given at the Relais de la Mémoire conference in Newcastle on 17th October 2014