Frequently Asked Questions

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50 years after the world said “Never Again”, genocide unfolded on Europe’s soil yet again.  Srebrenica is the cumulation of the four year long campaign of ethnic cleansing, murders, torture, forcibly displacement and various crimes against humanity which occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992-1995. It is a stark reminder of man’s inhumanity and what happens when we turn our back on innocent victims of agression. 

Remembering Srebrenica is part funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. It works to tackle hatred and build a better safer, more cohesive society for everyone through:

  • Keeping the memory alive through organising commemoration events, which bring communities together to REMEMBER the victims of genocide;
  • Taking people on our ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ visits programme to LEARN the lessons from the genocide; and
  • Creating champions who PLEDGE to stand up to hatred and intolerance in their communities.

If you would like to support our work by making a donation, you can do so by clicking here. 

You can buy a Srebrenica flower and contribute towards projects who benefit those who, 26 years later, are still suffering in the aftermath of the genocide. We offer Srebrenica flower pin badges and ask for a donation of £2.50 per badge or 5 for £10. Crochet flowers made by the Mothers of Srebrenica are also available for a donation of £5. If you would like to buy a flower, please contact us on [email protected]. Please note that we are only able to send flowers to postal addresses based in the UK. 

Our ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ visits programme aims to teach UK citizens about the importance of standing up to hatred and intolerance and using the lessons of Srebrenica to bring together their local community.

Participants of the programme leave the UK as delegates and come back as community champions, inspired to make a difference to society.

Since 2013, we have taken over 1,450 delegates to Bosnia, each leaving with a greater knowledge of the genocide and greatly moved by survivor’s testimonies to inspire them to take social action in the UK.

You can apply directly to us. By joining us as a delegate and fulfilling a pledge you can help us to continue working towards making the UK a better, stronger and more tolerant society for all. You’ll need to complete an application form, supported by two referees, as well supporting documentation. We will then consider your application and whether we can offer you a place on a delegation.

We also select delegates through suitable recommendations from local councils, community leaders, unions and other organisations.

Due to the ongoing covid pandemic and in line with government travel advice we will not be taking applications for our “Lessons from Srebrenica” programme until 2022

 

We have developed a full range of education resources to help raise awareness of the Srebrenica genocide and to promote lessons to be learned for future generations.

Our resources include a comprehensive set of lesson plans to be used across Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education developed jointly between Remembering Srebrenica and the leading experts at the PSHE Association. 

In addition, we have developed full school assembly aides which can be used at any time throughout the year, but are particularly suitable to assemblies, lessons and lectures during Srebrenica Memorial week (4th-11th July) 2021.

In 2015, we hosted an International Academic Conference on the Bosnian Genocide to mark the 20th anniversary.  For the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, we hosted  a variety of talks with academics and experts on the Bosnian genocide and ethnic cleansing which can be viewed here.

In addition, this past year in 2021  we worked with universities throughout the United Kingdom to create a curriculum as well as units on the genocide in Bosnia, the Siege of Sarajevo, concentration camps in Prijedor, the rape camps in Visegrad, and the process of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Srebrenica and  throughout Bosnia. 

A pledge is a commitment by an individual to act to promote our key aims. Pledges take many forms, but typically fall into one of four categories:

  • Using the media to inform a wider audience of the impact of hatred and intolerance;
  • Promoting awareness of these issues through education, typically in schools and universities;
  • Holding an event, such as a school assembly or local talk; or
  • Organising a Memorial Day to mark the EU’s Srebrenica Memorial Day on the 11 July.

 

We also consider other types of pledges, made on a one-off basis.

Yes, you can and you do not need to be a delegate in order to do so. Anyone can make a pledge aimed at promoting our values by simply filling out our online pledge form and a member of Remembering Srebrenica team will then contact you. Our website provides information about the pledges that have been made and completed to date, along with some case studies to provide you with ideas. 

Ambassadors are supporters of the organisation which use their standing in UK society to help us promote the work of Remembering Srebrenica. They raise awareness, understanding and support for our work among their peers and colleagues.

Our champions play a key role in helping to co-ordinate and promote action within their communities. They are instrumental in encouraging others to engage with us.

We choose our champions carefully and invite them to step into the role, if they can help tackle hatred and intolerance in local communities by setting up projects. We look for people who can be a voice against hatred and support our work, often by becoming members of a regional board.

They may be individuals who impress the Remembering Srebrenica team during the educational visits to Bosnia-Herzegovina. They can also be individuals who have yet to work closely with us, but come with strong credentials in promoting community cohesion.

Champions can also work with us to ensure that our educational visits run smoothly. They provide historical information to help delegates better contextualise the conflict and subsequent genocide.

Volunteers are invaluable to our charity. They help out at thousands of events across the country, and get to be involved in some interesting work in some amazing places. We need help all year round, but the Memorial Days are our busiest period, and we look to volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of these events.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact us and a member of our events team will be happy to help you. Our email address is: [email protected] or call us on 0121 454 3343. You can also contact the events team directly: [email protected]

There are a number of different ways that people can commemorate Srebrenica Memorial Day. In previous years, memorial events have been held in schools, town halls, community centres, places of worship and public spaces and can be as large or small as people can manage. In 2020 we even had a record number of online events and activities as communities in the United Kingdom ensured that despite the pandemic the genocide in Bosnia was remembered.

The events can take different forms, but may include activities such as:

  • Showing a short documentary on the events of Srebrenica, which we can provide
  • Holding a two minute silence
  • Reading out a prayer
  • Lighting a candle
  • Having a delegate who has visited Srebrenica share their personal experience on their visit
  • Hosting an online discussion, talk, or memorial event
  • Hosting a film screening
  • Having a genocide survivor share their experience and story

Simply fill out our “Register a Community Action” form with all of the details you have and our events team will contact you directly. They can then give you support, provide information such as the typical format for a Memorial Day, as well as put you in touch with local contacts who can help with the planning and the logistics on the day. In addition, a variety of our  resources can be found here making it easy for you to organise a community action or an event. 

Phone us on 0121 454 3343 or email us at [email protected] 

If you would like to interview a survivor or a member of the team please contact our press team at: [email protected]

If you would like a survivor or a member of the team to speak at your event, please fill out this form.

 

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered below please get in touch with us. Phone us on 0121 454 3343 or email us at [email protected]