17th Jan, 2019

Daughter of Bosnian refugees was guest speaker at Wychavon's Holocaust Memorial Day service

Droitwich Editorial 31st Jan, 2018

MORE THAN 30 school children took part in Wychavon District Council’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day service, writes Olivia Jackson.

The event, on January 18, featured speaker Amra Mujkanović from the charity ‘Remembering Srebrenica’.

As the daughter of Bosnian refugees Amra came from a family where three generations before her survived concentration camps.

‘The power of words’ was the theme for this year’s HMD and students were given the chance to create artwork of their choice to present their own emotional interpretations. They described the event as ‘interesting’ and informative’.

Amra, who spoke about the struggles she faced as a Bosnian Muslim fitting into a new life in Scotland, said: “The short excerpts read by the students, as well as the pieces of artwork shown on the day, were incredibly inspirational to hear and see.

“Having so many young people actively engage in some of the darkest moments in history shows that they are paving the way for a brighter future.

“I am especially grateful to everyone for listening and allowing me to share my family’s story and the work of Remembering Srebrenica, and for commemorating these atrocities and making sure no victims, of any genocide, are forgotten about.”

Wychavon District Council leader, Coun Linda Robinson said: “It was an incredible and valuable privilege for all involved.”

And she added the students were a credit to their school.

Visit www.hmd.org.uk for more on Holocaust Memorial Day and go to www.srebrenica.org.uk for more on Remembering Srebrenica.

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