We aim to motivate people of all ages to strengthen their communities by challenging hatred and intolerance. We do this by remembering the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War. More than 8,000 mainly Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered, just for who they were.
Srebrenica is a dark stain on humanity that happened on our doorstep in living memory within a seemingly well-integrated society.
“I learned how unresolved tensions in a community can lead to tragedy if not addressed.” Remembering Srebrenica Champion Alex Ross-Shaw
The visits enable individuals to meet survivors, as well as witnessing programmes such as the work done by the International Commission for Missing Persons in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Individuals applying to take part must pledge to undertake a concrete social action on their return to the UK which challenges hatred and intolerance in their communities. Some examples of pledges are listed below – whatever delegates do must have a demonstrable impact in creating better, safer stronger communities:
- Organising a Srebrenica Memorial Day on 11th July
- Community action or activities likely to foster greater harmony in our society
- Educational activity allowing school children and/or students to learn about the consequences of hatred
- Other – a creative proposal which helps to make your community a better and safer place
The Remembering Srebrenica team will then follow up with delegates to ensure that their pledges have been successfully fulfilled within a year of their visit. Additionally, we ask delegates to raise funds for the charity in the 12 months after their visit to enable more people to learn the lessons from Srebrenica and help to create a better society.
Taking part in a ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ visit is a powerful experience, which has already inspired hundreds of British people from a diverse range of backgrounds and faiths to take action to change their communities for the better.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ programme has been suspended until next year and no applications will be considered until then. If you are interested in applying, please visit this page in April 2022 when more information will be available.