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Just a year after the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, from 11-22 July 1995 genocide swept through Srebrenica in Bosnia when more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered simply because of who they were.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, Dr James Smith - founder and Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust - will bring together genocide survivors from Rwanda and Bosnia who now have leading roles at the Kigali and Srebrenica genocide memorials. Together they will explore shared experience, consider the legacy of genocide in their countries and discuss what lessons need to be applied today.
From Kigali to Srebrenica will be the final event in the 2020 Ubumuntu Arts Festival, normally staged at the Kigali Genocide Memorial but going fully online this year due to the pandemic (17-19 July: register to attend the Festival online for free at https://ubumuntuartsfestival.com/).
Hope Azeda is Director of Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company and Curator of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, hosted at the Kigali Genocide Memorial since its inception. She is also co-director of Shared Stories, a new collaboration between artists from Germany, Rwanda and Bosnia.
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.
Anita Kayirangwa survived the Genocide against the Tutsi in Kigali. Holding an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, she worked in Rwanda’s National Capacity Building Secretariat before dedicating her skills to peacebuilding, first joining Aegis to head up its Rwanda Peace Education Programme.
Hasan Hasanović survived the Srebrenica genocide, taking part in the death march. Author of 'Surviving Srebrenica' and coauthor of 'Voices from Srebrenica', he is a lecturer and human rights activist with a degree in Criminal Sciences from the University of Sarajevo.
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.
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