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On the 26th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the Bosnian War, Genocide survivors from Rwanda and Bosnia discuss ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ - the 2021 movie set during the fall of Srebrenica - and consider questions emerging from it around the failure of the international community, genocide denial, and ways in which artistic representations of genocide inform collective memory.
At a moment when developments in Bosnian politics suggest the Dayton Peace Accords could be on the brink of unravelling, this promises to be an illuminating, thought-provoking and timely conversation.
Featuring Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Director Emir Suljagić and the Aegis Trust’s Executive Director Freddy Mutanguha, the conversation will be moderated by Elmina Kulašić (Bosnia Director for Remembering Srebrenica UK).
A survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi, Freddy Mutanguha helped found AERG and headed IBUKA, both national survivor associations. Joining Aegis during construction of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, he led development of peace education in Rwanda, now incorporated in the schools curriculum.
Dr Emir Suljagić survived the Srebrenica genocide as a UN interpreter. Serving as Minister of Education for the Sarajevo Canton (2011-12) and Deputy Minister of Defence (2015), he is a strong advocate for Srebrenica survivors. His memoir Postcards from the Grave has been published in nine languages.
A doctor of medicine, Dr James Smith CBE co-founded the UK National Holocaust Centre (1995) and Aegis Trust (2000), applying a public health approach to genocide prevention following international failures in Rwanda and the Balkans. He played a key role in establishing the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Formerly Senior Advisor for the Victims & Witnesses of Genocide Association and Genocide Film Library in Sarajevo, Elmina Kulasic holds MAs in Public Policy and Human Rights & Democracy. Widely published, she uses her experience as a concentration camp survivor to educate on dangers of intolerance.
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