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Councillors, pupils and religious representatives gather outside Barking Town Hall to remember Srebrenica genocide

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018

Barking & Dagenham marking the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide outside the Town Hall. Picture: Ken Mears

Barking & Dagenham marking the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide outside the Town Hall. Picture: Ken Mears

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The 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was marked with a remembrance event outside Barking Town Hall on Wednesday.

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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