British Muslims remember the massacre at Srebenica
Friday, July 24th, 2020
On July 1995, over a period of a few days over 8000 Bosnian men and boys were massacred in the town of Srebenica in Bosnia. This massacre was the worst massacre in European history since the Second World War and came towards the end of the war in Bosnia which had begun in 1992 after the break -up of the former Yugoslavia.
The Serbian army had surrounded the town and took groups of men and boys away to be executed and then buried them in mass graves. ‘Remembering Srebenica’ – an organisation that works to raise awareness about the Bosnian genocide – helped organise many events throughout the country to honour the memory of those that had been killed and harmed during the genocide.
11 July 2020 was designated as Srebenica Memorial Day and Waqar Azmi, the founder and chairperson for Remembering Srebenica, said ‘Srebrenica has become a world symbol of the horrific consequences that can result from inaction, and therefore, taking action, however small, matters”.
Fikret Alic, a camp survivor, described his harrowing story: “They used horrendous means to kill us. They killed during the day and at night. They used all forms of batons as well as chains – everything they could get their hands on”.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles said “By remembering the pain of the past and learning its lessons, we can together resolve that it must never happen again”.
Lord William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative party and former Foreign Secretary, said: “None of us who have visited Srebrenica will ever forget what we have seen there. It will always be in our minds and is now, 25 years on. What happened in Srebrenica was an act of genocide”.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said: “25 years ago, Europe witnessed the worst atrocity on its soil since the Second World War – the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Today we mourn and remember the victims of those terrible crimes and stand with the families in their fight for justice’.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Today we remember the genocide in Srebrenica where, 25 years ago, over 8,000 innocent people were murdered because of their ethnicity and religion. Together, we must ensure that such horrific acts never happen again”.
MuslimView states: The massacre in Srebenica is the worst on European soil in recent memory. It happened under our very eyes coming towards the end of a three-year war in the former Yugoslavia. It is an example of failed political leadership as the war came to an end soon after. It took the massacre amongst other events in the Bosnian war to force international leaders to act.