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Remembering Srebrenica

A special remembrance service has been held in South Tyneside this week to honour the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the atrocities in Bosnia and Herzegovina when the Bosnian Serb Army marched into Srebrenica and killed more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick was joined by community representatives for a commemoration service, led by Father Michael Weymes, at South Shields Town Hall. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Iain Malcolm, gave a reading at the service and candles were lit in remembrance of the lives lost.

The Mayor said: "This memorial event is an opportunity to remind ourselves of how quickly hatred and division can take root. Unfortunately all communities are at risk of prejudice and intolerance and we must always be on our guard against these negative forces.

"It is only by looking to the past that we can inform our future. By learning about atrocities of this nature - which happened not so long ago on European soil - we can take positive action and build stronger and more cohesive communities."



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