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What is the significance of Srebrenica?
After the Holocaust, the peoples of Europe vowed ‘never again’, but Srebrenica reminds us that evil still exists in the modern world. The Srebrenica genocide is single greatest atrocity committed on European soil since the Second World War and a brutal reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.
What are Remembering Srebrenica’s aims?
We are calling on UK communities to:
- REMEMBER the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide;
- LEARN the lessons from Srebrenica, particularly that we must always be vigilant against hatred and intolerance in our communities; and
- PLEDGE to take action now to build better and safer communities for all.
How do you do this?
We organise UK memorial events to honour survivors and keep alive the stories of their loved ones who died. We work with individuals and organisations to help strengthen British society by learning the lessons of history to help tackle hatred, racism and intolerance wherever it occurs.
We do this through commemoration, education and by taking individuals from communities across the UK to Srebrenica to speak to survivors and families whose loved ones were killed. Following their experience, visitors pledge to take action in their communities to help ensure this atrocity is never forgotten.
We are a charitable initiative, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and donations. We are supported by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
How can I donate to Remembering Srebrenica?
If you would like to support our work by making a donation, you can do this via our JustGiving page.
You can buy a Srebrenica flower and contribute towards projects who benefit those who, 20 years later, are still suffering in the aftermath of the genocide.
What is ‘Lessons from Srebrenica?
Our Lessons from Srebrenica programme sees 750 UK delegates travel to Srebrenica over a two-year period. They return and pledge to carry out activities to strengthen their communities, such as memorial events, fundraising or speaking in schools.
Our theme for 2015 is ‘Living the lessons from Srebrenica’ – which means that:
- Survivors can keep alive the memory of Srebrenica, teaching younger generations about the consequences of hatred. They can help combat genocide denial and allow us to better understand what it’s like to live with the massacre’s legacy; and
- Delegates can explain the impact of their visit, highlighting how they have engaged with other community groups to foster stronger community relations. They can demonstrate key work they have done in their communities to help tackle hatred and intolerance.
Insights and lessons learned from Srebrenica help them demonstrate how hatred and intolerance can flourish if left unchallenged – even in a country such as Bosnia-Herzegovina where people of different faiths had lived peacefully together for many years, yet an integrated society disintegrated.
How do I go on an educational visit to Srebrenica?
You can apply directly to us. By joining us as a delegate and fulfilling a pledge you can help us to continue working towards making the UK a better, stronger and more tolerant society for all. You’ll need to complete an application form, supported by two referees, as well supporting documentation. We will then consider your application and whether we can offer you a place on a delegation.
We also select delegates through suitable recommendations from local councils, community leaders, unions and other organisations.
How is Remembering Srebrenica working with schools and universities?
We have developed a full range of education resources to help raise awareness of the Srebrenica genocide and to promote lessons to be learned for future generations.
Our resources include a comprehensive set of lesson plans to be used across Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education developed jointly between Remembering Srebrenica and the leading experts at the PSHE Association. We are also working on asset of lesson plans to be used with the history curriculum.
In addition, we have developed full school assembly aides which can be used at any time throughout the year, but are particularly suitable to assemblies, lessons and lectures during Srebrenica Memorial week (4th-12th July) 2015.
We are calling on UK secondary schools, football clubs and youth teams to take part in the ‘We Are One’ Srebrenica Memorial Tournament, which aims to unite 8372 young people to play football on the same day – Friday 5th June. The tournament encourages young people to learn lessons from the genocide.
We are working with Royal Holloway University, London, to host an international conference in June 2015. Marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the conference will explore the impact of witnessing genocide and ethnic cleansing, as well as the difficulties of documenting and establishing truth in post-genocide societies.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a commitment by an individual to act to promote our key aims. Pledges take many forms, but typically fall into one of four categories:
- Using the media to inform a wider audience of the impact of hatred and intolerance;
- Promoting awareness of these issues through education, typically in schools and universities;
- Holding an event, such as a school assembly or local talk; or
- Organising a Memorial Day to mark the EU’s Srebrenica Memorial Day on the 11 July.
We also consider other types of pledges, made on a one-off basis.
Can I make a pledge?
Yes you can, and you don’t need to be one of our delegates. Anyone can make a pledge aimed at promoting our values. Simply fill out our online pledge form and a member of the Remembering Srebrenica team will then contact you. Our website provides information about the pledges that have been made and completed to date, along with some case studies to provide you with ideas.
What is an Ambassador?
Ambassadors use their standing in UK society to help us promote the work of Remembering Srebrenica. They raise awareness, understanding and support for our work among their peers and colleagues.
What is a Champion?
Our champions play a key role in helping to co-ordinate and promote action within their communities. They are instrumental in encouraging others to engage with us.
We choose our champions carefully and invite them to step into the role, if they can help tackle hatred and intolerance in local communities by setting up projects. We look for people who can be a voice against hatred and support our work, often by becoming members of a regional board.
They may be individuals who impress the Remembering Srebrenica team during the educational visits to Bosnia-Herzegovina. They can also be individuals who have yet to work closely with us, but come with strong credentials in promoting community cohesion.
Champions can also work with us to ensure that our educational visits run smoothly. They provide historical information to help delegates better contextualise the conflict and subsequent genocide.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are invaluable to our charity. They help out at events across the country, and get to be involved in some interesting work in some amazing places. We need help all year round, but the Memorial Days are our busiest period, and we look to volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of these events.
How do I become a volunteer?
If you’d like to get involved, please contact us and a member of our events team will be happy to help you. Our email address is: email@example.com or call us on 0121 454 3343.
What sort of events do people hold?
There are a number of different ways that people can commemorate Srebrenica Memorial Day. In previous years, memorial events have been held in schools, town halls, community centres, places of worship and public spaces and can be as large or small as people can manage.
The events can take different forms, but may include activities such as:
- Showing a short documentary on the events of Srebrenica, which we can provide
- Holding a two minute silence
- Reading out a prayer
- Lighting a candle
- Having a delegate who has visited Srebrenica share their personal experience on their visit
How do I host an event in Memorial Week?
Contact our events team on 0121 454 3343 and provide the details of what you would like to host and where. They can then give you support, provide information such as the typical format for a Memorial Day, as well as put you in touch with local contacts who can help with the planning and the logistics on the day.