Hawzah News Agency - (Portsmouth - UK) - Muslim leaders have urged Portsmouth to ‘never let hate win’ after a ceremony remembered victims of the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.
More than 8,000 Bosniaks, mostly Muslim men and boys, were systematically killed because of their faith and ethnicity when the Srebrenica massacre began on July 11, 1995.
It came 50 years after the world vowed not to repeat the horrors of the Holocaust, yet Muslim leaders say society is ‘still coming to terms’ with its lessons even now.
Imams from Portsmouth and Fareham met Christians and city leaders to plant a bush at Southsea Rose Garden, remembering Srebrenica’s victims.
Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo, of the Al Mahdi mosque in Fontley, Fareham, said: ‘We learn from Srebrenica that hatred, xenophobia and intolerance can flourish if left unchallenged.
‘Even in Bosnia-Herzegovina where people of different faiths had lived peacefully together for many years, an integrated society disintegrated.’
He said the regrettable ‘language of division and hate’ that fuelled the killings is one still recognised today, which everyone in society carries a burden to eradicate.