Paying tribute during Srebrenica Memorial Week

Wainhouse Tower

Joint press release with Calderdale Council of Mosques and Calderdale Interfaith Council

Wainhouse Tower is lighting up green on Srebrenica Memorial Day on Monday 11 July, to honour the victims of the genocide.

In July 1995, a genocidal massacre took place in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Around 8000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered by the Army of the Bosnian Serb Republic.

This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week takes place from Monday 4 to Monday 11 July. The theme for 2022 is ‘combatting denial: confronting hatred’.

Calderdale’s local commemoration is being led by Calderdale Council of Mosques, supported by Calderdale Interfaith Council. People are invited to attend the memorial event on Thursday 7 July at Jamia Mosque Madni in Halifax, from 11am to 12.30pm. Attendees will hear about what happened, hear from colleagues that have visited Bosnia, and learn what we can do to work together to promote social cohesion.

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:

“The shocking and devastating Srebrenica genocide shows us how important it is that we all stand together in solidarity against hate and division.

“Calderdale is a kind and tolerant community; a place where we care for each other and we have hope.

“The lighting of Wainhouse Tower and the local memorial event are symbols of Calderdale’s collective tribute to all those affected by the horrendous events in Srebrenica.”

Nadeem Mir QPM, Chair of Calderdale Council of Mosques, said:

“It is important that this memorial takes place annually to ensure we learn lessons from the genocide that took place in Srebrenica.

“As one community we share the same common values, we live together, work together and socialise together. This gives us an understanding of each other, breaks down barriers and dispels myths. We must continue to celebrate the diversity in our community and not let hate take hold

“The lighting up of Wainhouse Tower in green symbolises the resolve Calderdale Council and Calderdale Council of Mosques has to remembering those murdered in Srebrenica and tackling hate.”

The Revd Canon Hilary Barber, Vice Chair – Calderdale Interfaith Council, said:

As the Vicar of Halifax Minster and a member of Calderdale Interfaith, I’m delighted to be supporting the Srebrenica commemoration event this year alongside the other genocides we remember on Holocaust Memorial Day.” 


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