Genocide does not happen overnight. Each stage has its own signature.
On 11 July 1995 genocide ravaged the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. In a brutal conflict that tore communities apart this particular chapter was perhaps its bleakest.
In the spring of 1993, the United Nations Security Council declared Srebrenica the world’s first internationally protected “safe area.” With Bosnian Serb forces poised to over-run the enclave of 60,000 Bosnian Muslims, the world body promised to demilitarise the town and deploy UN peacekeepers to protect its inhabitants.
As the world looked the other way... 8,372 Muslim men and boys were rounded up and murdered on European soil. 50 years after the Holocaust when the world exclaimed "Never Again" genocide once again ripped at the fabric of our humanity.
Today in Myanmar Rohingya Muslims are being persecuted as illegal citizens because of their "otherness" and their faith. The world continues to look the other way...
Please help me to raise money to establish the world’s first International Srebrenica Memorial Learning Centre to combat hatred and intolerance through leadership engagement, commemoration and educational activities.
The Centre will work to combat hatred and intolerance through using the lessons from the Srebrenica genocide. These lessons will not only heighten awareness of the dangers of intolerance in the contemporary world, but bring to the fore an appreciation of respecting religious beliefs and upholding universal values.
I believe Education is the only way our world can unite and remain united against intolerance.
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