This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, in which over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered in the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World
War, simply because of their religious identity. As an organisation that works with the community, we believe that we must ensure that we never forget about the genocide and reaffirm our commitment to standing up against all forms of hatred and prejudice that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.
The theme “Every Action Matters” seeks to encourage every person to reflect upon their own behaviour and choices that they make, and demonstrate that however insignificant it may seem, every action matters, whether positive or negative. It aims to show that those who stand up and unite against hatred can make a difference. It sets out to dispel the notion that one person cannot make a difference and show that the action of one individual does matter and that they can achieve a great deal, however small their action may appear initially.
It is now more important than ever for us to come together as people in the UK, no matter what our background, to celebrate diversity and to stand together in solidarity against hatred and discrimination. We hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred.
Find out more at www.srebrenica.org.uk.
To mark the anniversary in Sandwell, we will be lighting a candle in Thimblemill Library.
Thimblemill is the first UK Library of Sanctuary. The award was made by the City Of Sanctuary network. Their vision is for the UK to be a welcoming place of safety for all, particularly those fleeing violence and prosecution.
The library has become home to Bearwood Action for Refugge, who provide support for refugees and asylum seekers living locally, raising awareness of the issues they face and improving access to services and inclusion in all aspects of community life. We also work closely with the charity Brushstrokes and are working towards Sandwell becoming a Borough of Sanctuary.