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Tackling Hatred: Genocide Survivor Talk
Wed 26 April 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 BST
"the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War” Kofi Annan former UN Secretary-General, 2005
We are more used to thinking about genocide in terms of the Holocaust that was conducted by the Nazis. The 1990s saw two horrific genocides (Rwanda and Bosnia) the second of which was on European soil. Nedžad Avdić is one of only a handful of men to survive the mass executions that took place during the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.
Just seventeen when Srebrenica fell to Bosnian Serb forces, Nedžad, with thousands of other men, including his father and uncles, fled Srebrenica in an attempt to seek safety. He, along with thousands of others, was captured, and forced to line up to be systematically killed.
Amazingly, despite being badly wounded, Nedžad survived and escaped to safety with the help of another man. His father and uncles didn’t escape and were murdered. Nedžad returned to live in Srebrenica where he now works and raises his family.
Nedžad courageously shares his story so that the truth of what happened and the real effects of hatred can be known in the hope that future generations grow up without hate.