Remembering Srebrenica - Tuesday 11 July

Almost exactly 22 years ago, one of the worst atrocities since the Second World War took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia. More than 8000 innocent lives were tragically lost during the genocide in the Bosnian town.

On Tuesday July 11 Harrow Council will remember the victims and their families during Srebrenica Memorial Week - 10 to 16 July which includes a memorial event.

Residents and members of the community are invited to come to the memorial service held at Harrow Council on Tuesday 11 July from 12.30 – 13.30pm led by the Mayor of Harrow Cllr Margaret Davine. At the event you can find out more about the genocide and remember victims of the atrocity. 

On 11 July 1995 thousands of Bosnian Muslims were murdered by the Army of Republika Srpska – their only crime was their faith. The army set out to ‘ethnically cleanse’ and systematically remove Bosnian Muslims. More than twenty years on, mass graves are still being uncovered and bodies still being identified.

Questions were and are still raised about how this was allowed to happen. Many lessons were learnt, the most important of all - to never to turn a blind eye to hatred and inhumanity before it’s too late. For Srebrenica, it was the hatred left unchecked that tore and divided communities with it destroying lives, friendships and families.

Remembering Srebrenica commemorates the victims of the genocide. It’s marked internationally each 11 July – the anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica. You can read more about the Srebrenica genocide at www.srebrenica.org.uk.