Remembering Srebrenica

On 11th July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces captured the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Under the command of Ratko Mladic, Serbian forces committed the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two, as they systematically murdered more than 8,000 Bosniaks in under two weeks.

Bosniaks are Bosnians who believe in a united multifaith Bosnia. The majority of Bosniaks are Muslims, but they’re not exclusively Muslim.

To this day, there are Bosnian Serbs who deny the genocide committed against Bosniaks, even as some in Republika Srpska still refer to Bosniaks as subhumans.

In reality, there isn’t much difference between Bosnian Croats, Bosnian Serbs, and Bosniaks, all share language, culture, cuisine, heritage and no doubt genetic heritage too.

Bosnia remains a tragic lesson in the danger and evil caused by hate. We must build a world without hate for anyone. It is totally irrational and evil to hate ANYONE on such bases as skin colour, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or historical origins.

We are all members of the same Human Family, and it is beyond time we started behaving as one Human Family. How many holocausts and genocides will people commit before we realise we are all brothers and sisters of one another?

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