Rt Rev John P Chalmers

The massacre at Srebrenica in 1995 was a dreadful wrong made all the more disturbing in that it happened at the end of a century when we thought that such genocide would never happen again on European soil.

The fact that this awful wrong was committed in the name of religion should never be forgotten and people of every religion should look deep within themselves for the true purpose of their faith, so that these things never happen again.

The fact that the victims were failed by the international community is also a dreadful wrong. It is right, therefore, that year after year we should hold such a remembrance, so that we do not repeat our inaction when such evils occur in other places.

So many were affected by these awful days of targeted killing, so we hold in our prayers those who died, those whose remains are still to identified and those who mourn such great loss. Without remembering we cannot hope to learn.