The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, was the July 1995 genocide of more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in and around the town of Srebrenica, during the Bosnian War. The victims, were selected for death on the basis of their identity. During the week of 4th-11th July Remembering Srebrenica, a charitable organisation funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. are hoping to raise awareness of the genocide in Bosnia and bring people together to tackle hatred and help build safer, stronger communities here in the UK.
The theme for 2021 is Rebuilding Lives and aims to honour the two million people who were displaced during the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s, leaving them to seek refuge all over the world.
How can I help?
O God of truth and justice,
we remember today the consequences of hatred
in lives brutally extinguished
in hearts torn apart
in memories scarred with pain.
As we remember and honour the victims of hatred,
lead us to sorrow over the sins of humanity.
Draw close, we pray,
to mothers and sisters,
wives and grandmothers
and all relatives and loved ones left behind,
and heal the pain in their souls.
And teach us, O Lord,
to learn how to live for a world
where differences are respected and valued,
and where fear and mistrust
can never overwhelm us
nor vengeance be stirred in our hearts.
Give peace we pray, to the people of Srebrenica;
that their lives may be restored
through your grace.
Prayer taken from Remembering Srebrenica Faith Resources pack
Suggested reading around the events at Srebrenica can be found here.