A MOVING remembrance service in memory of the thousands of people who died in a Bosnian genocide 22 years ago took place in Oxford last week.
The reflection service at the town hall last Tuesday remembered the Muslim men and boys massacred in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Jean Fooks, who hosted the service, said: “The genocide in Srebrenica should never be forgotten. It is essential that we learn from the horrific events that took place. We must learn to stand up to racism, Islamophobia and hateful forms of nationalism, and to stand up to sexual violence against women and girls.”
Candles were lit during the service to highlight the consequences of hatred and intolerance as well as the need to take action now to build better and safer communities for all.
More than 100,000 people are believed to have been killed during the Bosnia war of the early 1990s, and up to 50,000 women and girls suffered rape and sexual violence.