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Barking and Dagenham to remember Srebrenica genocide

Srebrenica

Barking and Dagenham will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide this week, with an event outside Barking Town Hall on Wednesday 11 July.

The programme will commence at 10.45am and will run for approximately 40 minutes. We will hear from Bishop Trevor Mwamba, Rector of Barking, and Councillor Worby, followed by a moment of remembrance in the Town Hall Square.

A two minutes silence will be held at 11am, ahead of a flag raising and a poetry reading by students from Gascoigne Primary School.

The remembrance event will conclude with a reflective speech from Ash Siddique of the Al-Madinah mosque in Barking, benediction from Bishop Mwamba and some closing remarks.  

This is the fourth consecutive year that Barking and Dagenham has marked the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. The atrocity took place on 11 July 1995, when the Bosnian Serb Army marched into Srebrenica and killed 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

It was the single largest atrocity committed on European soil since the Second World War and occurred despite Srebrenica being declared a UN Safe Area.

This year’s ceremony will focus on the theme of ‘Acts of courage,’ and what acts of courage in times of war can tell us about how we resist those who manufacture division and intolerance.

Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, is encouraging residents to come and remember one of modern history’s most abhorrent acts, saying:

“The Srebrenica massacre was one of immense suffering and one we should commemorate so that history does not repeat itself.

“Barking and Dagenham will be marking this event once again this year, and I hope that residents will be able to join us to reflect on one of history’s darker moments.”

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