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Cardiff is Celebrating the Courage of Genocide Survivors

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The Welsh regional board of the charity Remembering Srebrenica is bringing communities together on 13th July to hear from survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, which was the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War.

The board will be welcoming Nusreta Sivac, a survivor of the Prijedor concentration camp, who will recount some horrific memories in order for delegates to understand and comprehend the severity of the Serbian systematic attacks on Bosniak Muslims. Lord Mayor Dianne Rees will address the delegates at the commemoration event which takes place in the Glamorgan Building of Cardiff University starting at 5.30pm and all are welcome.

The charity Remembering Srebrenica, which is funded by the UK government, is responsible for promoting memorial events all over the UK. Remembering Srebrenica aims to build a more courageous and cohesive society by sharing the deeply moving stories of survivors of the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Cardiff is one of many towns and cities across the country putting on memorial events to challenge the stereotypes and prejudices that feed hatred. Board member and Community Champion Abi Carter said:

“It is right and proper that we never forget the victims and survivors of the planned attacks on innocent Muslim civilians across Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Having worked on some of the forensic evidence from the primary and secondary mass graves in Srebrenica, I am mindful that I have a duty not only in my professional capacity to provide evidence for International Courts but also to work with communities to strengthen interfaith relationships and to educate people in the atrocities of the genocide and the attacks in surrounding towns and villages. The Welsh board take our role very seriously and we aim to host a respectful, educational and thought provoking memorial where delegates can then go on to inform and raise awareness in the community thereafter”.

This year, 11 July marks the 23rd anniversary of the genocide of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, selected for murder because of their Islamic faith, but also their gender.

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chair of Remembering Srebrenica said:

“Our theme this year is ‘Acts of Courage’ which serves as a reminder that hope and the common bonds of humanity can triumph in the darkest of times. We are all invited to draw strength and inspiration from those who, during the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Europe’s worst atrocity since the second world war, were bold enough to resist an ideology of division, protect their neighbours and speak out for truth and justice. The baton of courage has now been passed on.  It is up to us to learn the lessons from Srebrenica”.

Remembering Srebrenica also organises the national UK commemoration for Srebrenica which will be held this year at the Guildhall in London, and national commemorations in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. Thousands will gather at commemorations across the UK in this week to make a pledge to remember the victims, learn from their experiences and act to make their communities safer, stronger more cohesive places for everyone.