San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are delighted to welcome Nedžad Avdić, a survivor from the 1990s war in Bosnia, to the University of Bedfordshire for the conferment of his Honorary Doctor of Philosophy award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to Human Rights . It is a special privilege that Nedžad will also be delivering a lecture during his visit to the University.
Nedžad Avdić was just seventeen when Srebrenica was taken by Bosnian Serb forces. With thousands of other men, including his father and uncles, he fled for his life with ‘the Column’. He was captured, and told to line up with hundreds of other men who were being systematically executed, hands tied behind their backs. Having been shot in the arm and the stomach, he thought he would surely die, yet miraculously he managed to survive and escape to safety with the help of another man. Nedžad is one of only a handful of men to survive the mass executions. His father and uncles were murdered in the genocide.
Nedžad returned to Srebrenica in 2007 and lives there with his wife and three daughters. He courageously shares his story so that future generations will hear the truth of what happened, and grow up without hatred.
14.00 Arrival, tea and coffee, PG & CPD Centre, Luton campus
14.30 Lecture commences
After the lecture: Drinks and light refreshments
I do hope you will be able to join us in celebrating Nedžad’s achievements and, from his lecture, take some time to reflect and learn lessons from history to tackle on-going challenges in the world today
I look forward to welcoming you.
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive