11th July 1995 was the darkest, disheartening moment within the European history especially for the Bosnians. A conference on the remembrance of this misery took place in Leicester which was organized by the dialogue society. Four presenters; Imam Asim, police officer Alex Jones, Mersad Ali and Amir Ahmed from Bosnian origin informed the audience on their first-hand experiences.
An exceedingly touchy slide show which opened the audience’s eyes once again to the heart-breaking reality of the injustice and happenings in Srebrenica was presented by Imam Asim, whom then continued with his personal poignant, moving experience of the misery. Imam Asim, OBE Islamic Religious Advisor to the Armed Forces explained how: “the affects of the genocide was terrible, rapes were extremely disturbing and rape was being used as a weapon, torturing was extremely violent and the Bosnians would live in fear and threat. There was no normal, due to the high number of deaths graves were amongst the villages. We all need to do something, we need to promote love and challenge the genocide it is not right!”
Mersad Ali, student from central Bosnia explained touched upon the sorrowful scenario in his country: “the genocide in Srbrenicia was far more severe than imagined, Muslims were constantly suffering there was a case where a father’s all 13 children were killed by the same executors. They were killing as many as they could; over 200 mosques were destroyed as well as everything which reminded of the Muslim civilisation. Yet, not a single Muslim took revenge in return; I AM PROUD TO BE A BOSNIAN.”
Amir Ahmed, student from central Bosnia explained: “There was a mass number of killings; mothers of Srbrenicia would fight for justice and reconciliation. The genocide should be prevented from happening again, may it never happen to anyone.”
Alex Jones, Leicester’s Hate Crime police officer ended on a short note by explaining the effects of hate crime within a multicultural city like Leicester and the importance of media and history. A question and answer session continued the conference ending the evening with refreshments and offering an opportunity for the audience to communicate directly with the presenters as well as one another. A member of the audience suggested: “The conference was greatly beneficial, eye opening event and gave me a good reality check.” The society we live in nowadays is even able to forget about the incidents happening in the near future we must be more considerate and never forget the past history.