Remembering Srebrenica in Brent

11 July 2016

Brent Council hosted a memorial event in remembrance of Srebrenica on Sunday 10 July.


The event, which was organised by the Remembering Srebrenica Charity, commemorated 21 years since the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia, an event in history which claimed the lives of over 8000 men and boys.


During the Balkans conflict of 1992-1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was declared a UN Safe Area in 1993, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area "free from any armed attack or any other hostile act".


In the days following Srebrenica's fall, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves.


The two-hour event at the Brent Civic Centre screened videos highlighting the horrific events that unfolded and also featured survivors' stories.


Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, said:

 

"It has been 21 years since the horrific events in Srebrenica but no amount of time will pass where it is not important to commemorate such a terrible time in human history.


"Over 8000 people lost their lives and remembering those people should act as a lesson from history that we cannot allow the atrocities and suffering that took place in Srebrenica at that time, to ever happen again.


"Brent is the most diverse borough in the country and is a fantastic example of how people from communities across the world, can live together and be proud of their culture, whilst respecting and embracing other cultures. I was pleased to see so many of our residents at the event."