Lambeth: Remembering the Srebrenica genocide

6 July 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council and Faiths Together in Lambeth are today holding a memorial event to commemorate the 1995 Bosnian genocide in which thousands of people were killed. The theme of the event is ‘Together We are One’ which is about coming together as a community to reject hatred and building a more cohesive society.

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Lambeth: Remembering the Srebrenica genocide

Described by the United Nations as ‘the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War’ the genocide at Srebrenica took place in in July 1995 when more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered and buried in mass graves.

The genocide occurred after Bosnian Serb forces, led by General Ratko Mladić, overran and captured Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia which had been declared a UN Safe Area.

Councillor Donatus Anyanwu, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Leisure and Sport said: “Srebrenica Memorial is important to mark as it allows us to honour the victims and survivors of not just the genocide in Srebrenica, but all genocides.

“It’s really important that we teach current and future generations about the consequences of hatred and intolerance in all communities. Through this, we’ll be able to create a better, stronger and more cohesive society here in the United Kingdom and across the world.”

The memorial event is being held at the Friends Meeting House on Brixton Hill.