Friday, 3 February 2017

Remembering Srebrenica Cohesive Awards North West 2017

It was an honour to receive an award last night for the "Best Community Focussed Event" at the Remembering Srebrenica Cohesive Society Awards and to celebrate so many amazing events and contributions over the last year.

For me personally it has always been about the voice and narrative of the victims and survivors. To ensure that their stories are heard, their experience is never pushed aside. Especially the voice of the women; who suffer the most in any war or conflict.

It has been after meeting Bosnians who remain scarred from a war which they never could have imagined. This often leaves me reflecting on how easy the seeds of hate can be planted, and if watered enough with propaganda, hateful speech and corrupt ideologies can grow from verbal to physical violence, to something far more destructive and sinister.

It doesn't stop here. The work has to continue through education of the past, but the current day experience of all those who suffer injustice, feel marginalised, dehumanised, stigmatised, stereotyped, who experience prejudice due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.

We must continue to give voice to the voiceless, continue to stand for truth and justice, and continue to fight against those who wish to create divisive communities.

Well done to all volunteers and champions, and those who work tirelessly to make a difference.

Pictures©Aisha Mirza February 2017

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