Councillors, pupils and religious representatives gather outside Barking Town Hall to remember Srebrenica genocide
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018
The 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was marked with a remembrance event outside Barking Town Hall on Wednesday.
Srebrenica genocide memorial event
Bishop Trevor Mwanba speaking to the audience. Picture: Ken Mears
Barking & Dagenham marking the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide outside the Town Hall. Picture: Ken Mears
There was a two minutes silence at 11am. Picture: Ken Mears
Councillors and residents gathered to remember the victims of the massacre in 1995. Picture: Ken Mears
A flag was raised which read 'Remember Srebrenica'. Picture: Ken Mears
Children from Gascoigne Primary School read a poem. Picture: Ken Mears
The audience listening to the tribute poem from primary school pupils. Picture: Ken Mears
The memorial event was attended by councillors and Barking and Dagenham's mayor (far left). Picture: Ken Mears
Councillor Worby giving her address. Picture: Ken Mears
The 1995 massacre saw 8,372 Bosnian men and boys killed when the Bosnian Serb army marched into Srebrenica. It was the largest atrocity on European soil since WW2.
The theme of this year’s service was acts of courage, and what acts of courage during wars can teach us about resisting intolerance.
Bishop Trevor Mwamba, Rector of Barking, and Councillor Maureen Worby gave speeches before a two minutes silence at 11am. A flag reading ‘remember Srebrenica’ was raised and students from Gascoigne Primary School read a poem.
The event ended with a reflection from Ash Siddique from the Al-Madinah mosque in Barking and a prayer from Bishop Mwamba.
Councillor Saima Ashraf, deputy leader of the council, said: “The massacre was one of immense suffering and one we should commemorate so that history does not repeat itself.”
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