I Remember Srebrenica
20 years ago on 11 July 1995, 8,372 Bosnians were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves in Srebrenica. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported and a large number of women were raped.
This year (July 2016) will be 21 years since the Srebrenica genocide – Memorial Month. The Srebrenica Memorial honours the victims and survivors of the genocide and war.
“Spread Love and Not Hate…”
In 2015 a group of artists took a physical and mental journey to understand what it really means to hate, forgive and survive by taking part in a learning visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim was use the lessons from the dreadful events in Srebrenica to create a better world, one in which our differences become our strengths, and the only thing left intolerable is injustice. While there the artists had the honour of meeting the mothers who had survived the systematic massacre in Srebrenica. These incredible women had lost their husbands, sons, brothers and nephews.
When I asked the surviving mothers, what I can do to help, they said to me; “spread love and not hate and share what you have learned here with others”. – Farah, You Press co-founder
The incredible bravery and strength of the mothers had a profound impact on me and how I see the world. This experience inspired me to form a partnership with the charity (Remembering Srebrenica) that organised the trip to create a unique creative arts project called ‘I Remember Srebrenica’.
After 10 months of planning (without any funding or resources but with the help of the charity and my community) I successfully managed to take a group of talented artists and students to Bosnia & Herzegovina to explore the atrocities of the Bosnian war & genocide.
The whole creative team travelled together to experience a 4-day intensive learning visit about the Bosnian war and genocide. The team learned together how genocide has affected the people, lives and communities there from face to face meetings with the survivors and the mothers of Srebrenica.
Upon our return to London and within 4 weeks our collective group created powerful responses that were showcased last year (November 2015) at our tester event. The money generated from the event was donated to the mothers of Srebrenica that have been directly affected by the genocide and who are still identifying the bodies of their loved ones.