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Remembering Srebrenica: Final Webinar Marking ‘Untold Killing’ Podcast Launch

The final webinar in a three part series to commemorate the launch of the ‘Untold Killing’ podcast will be held on Wednesday November 25 at 6pm UTC live on the official Facebook page for Remembering Srebrenica.

‘Untold Killing’ is the first serialised podcast on the Bosnian genocide and was launched as a commemorative project to mark 25 years since the worst atrocity to occur on European soil since the Second World War, where over 8,000 men and boys were systematically murdered in a week in July 1995 in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica. 

Hosted by Aleksandra Bilić, the webinar is a co-production by British charity Remembering Srebrenica UK and Message Heard, and will hear from Srebrenica survivors, experts and people involved in the podcast production.

“The story of Srebrenica, a small town in Bosnia, remains a dark stain on Europe’s history and yet the full details remain unknown to many,” Remembering Srebrenica wrote on their website.

On Facebook, the UK charity said “‘Untold Killing’tells the little-known story of genocide and ethnic cleansing right in the heart of Europe through the voices of those who survived it. 

“It’s a tale of betrayal, injustice, and what the world’s wilful ignorance towards ethnic persecution leads to.”

The aim of the podcast project itself is to facilitate global understanding on past atrocities, combat genocide denialism and prevent future genocide through provision of a platform where voices of survivors and experts can be heard.

In commenting on the podcast, Dr Waqar Azmi, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica UK said his intention is to promote education and empathy. 

“My hope is that while listening to this podcast people, particularly young people, will learn what happened in Srebrenica and obtain a greater understanding of issues that will enable them to tackle hatred and intolerance in their own communities.”

The first podcast episode was released on October 22 and heard testimonial from Director of the Srebrenica Memorial Centre in Bosnia, Emir Suljagic, and Kadefa Rizanovic, a genocide survivor.

Ms. Rizvanovic whose husband and several relatives were killed in the genocide, said that despite it being difficult to think and talk about, she does it for healing and a better future. 

“It is painful, extremely painful to remember those days in 1995 but I must do it, not just because of my loved ones and myself but because of the future generations, who must learn from what happened to us in Srebrenica and pave the path towards genocide prevention.”

The final webinar on Wednesday evening will include Srebrenica survivors Nedžad Avdić and Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura, and Bosnian Genocide Expert Dr David Pettigrew among others. 

Written by Miya Yamanouchi for the Sarajevo Times

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