On Sunday 21st of February a major interfaith event was held at the North Manchester Jamia mosque. Over two hundred people attended the event. One of the major themes of the day was the genocide at Srebrenica. The Foundation was invited to speak about its work and cooperation with Srebrenica Commission.
Mehri Niknam spoke about the foundation’s project “Auschwitz and Srebrenica: lessons of our common humanity” which has been initiated and developed by the foundation for sixth from school pupils. She also spoke about her personal experiences of visiting Srebrenica which led her to taking a pledge to bring the lessons of the genocide at Srebrenica to the attention of the young people in this country.
She said: “During my visit to Srebrenica, the similarities between what had happened to the Muslims of Srebrenica and what had been done to the European Jews during the Holocaust shook me to the core. As a Jew I had taken a vow “never again” meaning there shall not be another Holocaust. At Srebrenica in front of those hundreds of pictures of the murdered Muslims, I made a pledge to do everything I could not to let this happen again.”
Her talk was highly appreciated by the audience and leaders of the mosque. It was agreed by the leaders of the mosque that interfaith cooperation should be set up between the mosque and the foundation. Future joint projects are currently being discussed.
Cooperation with the Srebrenica Commission is ongoing.