This July marks the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, which took place during the war in Bosnia. To commemorate this anniversary, The City Circle once again invites you to pay your respects to survivors and to remember the victims with an event during Srebrenica Memorial Week.
The theme for this year is Acts of Courage. Acts of courage in times of war help us to understand how communities resist regimes that seek to spread fear and division. They also sow the seeds of possibility for peace and reconciliation. During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, ordinary people undertook acts of extraordinary courage. These ordinary heroes of Bosnia were defined by the choices that they made in seemingly impossible circumstances. It is fitting that the word “hero” comes from the Greek “to protect”, as these individuals chose to protect others – their loved ones, their neighbours and their communities.
Today, when too many continue to deny that the Srebrenica genocide happened and glorify the perpetrators, our speakers will retell stories of courage so we can draw inspiration from their bravery, heroism and a determination to resist hatred.
We are delighted that we will be joined by visiting musicians from the National Theatre of Sarajevo who will perform traditional Bosnian Sevdah music after the talks.
Please join us afterwards for traditional Bosnian refreshments.
Dr Ilijaz Pilav, genocide survivor
Dr Ilijaz Pilav was a young doctor in Srebrenica when the genocide took place, and he survived the Death March from Srebrenica to Tuzla. He worked in the most appalling conditions, having to carry out amputations on patients with no anaesthetic, pain killers or medical equipment. When Ratko Mladic and his Serb forces entered the enclave of Srebrenica, Dr Ilijaz gave the orders for the hospital to be evacuated, and had to force reluctant UN personnel to take on the patients, as he felt that otherwise they would be killed.
Rešad Trbonja, war survivor and In-country Co-ordinator, Remembering Srebrenica @RTrbonja
Having lived all his life in Sarajevo, Rešad knows only too well the horrors of the conflict and the lasting physical and psychological damage it has wrought on society. He is responsible for running Remembering Srebrenica’s “Lessons from Srebrenica” visits, and promoting the charity’s messages in Bosnia. Before joining Remembering Srebrenica, Rešad worked for the UN and the EU in the field of security, law enforcement, and prosecution. The war abruptly ended his study, but in the years following the end of the conflict, he returned to academia, and has recently finished a Masters in Criminology.
The event is free to attend as we believe it’s important to make it accessible to all. If you are able to, we would be grateful if you are able to donate a few pounds per ticket when booking to help cover the venue hire costs. Any additional money raised will be donated to the charity Remembering Srebrenica.
The event will contain discussions around genocide. Although all are welcome, some of the discussion may be unsuitable for young people under the age of 16.
All welcome. Doors open at 18:45 and the programme begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.