Search

Redbridge Council plant Srebrenica memorial tree to mark 25th anniversary of atrocity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2020

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal plants a tree in Valentines Park to honour the victims of the Srebrenica massacre in which more than 8,000 lives were lost. Picture: Cllr Yusuf Patel MBE

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal plants a tree in Valentines Park to honour the victims of the Srebrenica massacre in which more than 8,000 lives were lost. Picture: Cllr Yusuf Patel MBE

Archant

A tree has been planted in Valentines Park to mark the 25th anniversary of Srebrenica, the 1995 massacre in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed.

The memorial in Valentines Park which honours the victims of the Srebrenica massacre, the 25th anniversary of which is on Saturday, 11th July 2020. Picture: Cllr Yusuf Patel MBEThe memorial in Valentines Park which honours the victims of the Srebrenica massacre, the 25th anniversary of which is on Saturday, 11th July 2020. Picture: Cllr Yusuf Patel MBE

You may also want to watch:

The tree — planted by Redbridge Council, Ilford Islamic Centre and Vision — will, in the words of Remembering Srebrenica’s Amra Mujkanovic, “serve as a reminder of when the world allowed hatred to win”.

Council leader Jas Athwal said it was vital to remember those “brutally murdered because of their faith, their culture, and the God they loved and served”:”It’s a travesty that this occurred within our lifetime and that the hatred, racism, islamophobia and bigotry that enabled the genocide at Srebrenica remains with us today. It is incumbent upon all of us to do all we can to call out racism, islamophobia and hatred.”

Ghazenfer Ali, chairman of Ilford Islamic Centre, added: “This tree is a reminder we must all do more. We must not let those who seek to divide us succeed.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ilford Recorder