In the hill country of Srebrenica, in the heart of Europe, some eight thousand souls perished at the hands of their fellow countrymen. The Bosniaks, mostly men and young boys, were massacred in an act of genocide. They had been told by their captors, ‘Don’t be afraid… No one will harm you.’ Twenty years have passed. Time will not have dimmed the memories of those who still mourn; for grief is the price we pay for love. The history of that fateful day has been written but it must be read afresh. The world must remember what happened in Srebrenica. How fragile is the civilisation we take for granted. How quickly our sense of progress can be reversed.
Let us not forget, as Robert Burns has written,
‘Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn’