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Srebrenica and Bosnian Genocide Memorial Event
July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
You are warmly invited to Newcastle Cathedral to remember the victims and survivors of the single largest atrocity mass killing on European soil since the Second World War. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Bosnian genocide, in the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia, which took place in July 1995, when Serbian nationalists massacred 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The women and young girls were subjected to a different form of genocide through sexual violence and rape.
As part of a wider campaign of ethnic cleansing throughout Bosnia, the UN estimates that 50,000 to 80,000 women and girls suffered rape and sexual violence; a weapon of war used to systematically ‘ethnically cleanse’ communities and terrorise them into fleeing. The exact number of victims is unknown, as the majority have remained silent, through shame, fear and stigma. More than 100,000 people were killed and more 10,000 persons still remain missing in Bosnia today. More than 2 million of Bosnia’s 4 million inhabitants were displaced or became refugees.
We hope by bringing people of faith and of none together and sharing our experiences of the war, we can rediscover our commonalities; we can challenge hatred and intolerance in order to build better and safer communities for us all.
The programme will feature testimonies from Bosnian genocide survivors, also talks by Allan Little (former BBC correspondent) and Emlyn Pearce (blogger and writer).
All are welcome and admission is free for this powerful evening of remembrance, inspiration and unity – please register, as places are limited.
Light refreshments will be served from 6pm.