Srebrenica Memorial Service of Reflection

Published: Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, will host a short reflection service to mark the 23rd year since the genocide at Srebrenica, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The service takes place at 11am on 11 July, on the landing at Oxford Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to come together for the service honouring the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, and pledging ourselves to creating a better, stronger and more cohesive society in the United Kingdom. 

Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook said: "I hope Oxford residents will be able to join me in this act of remembrance at the Town Hall where we will be paying tribute to the victims and survivors of this massacre."

This year’s theme is ‘Act of Courage’ and shares the stories of those who refused to turn on each other, who resisted, and who undertook extraordinary acts of bravery during the darkest of times.

A local artist, Katie Taylor, has been given funding by Oxford City Council for a Srebrenica Memorial project to be exhibited at Oxford Town Hall during Srebrenica’s Memorial Week, 8 to 15 July. 

The project involves printing 8372 individually numbered business cards that will contain a brief paragraph explaining what happened at Srebrenica in 1995 as well as an explanation of the piece of work. The cards will remind us of each of those killed without actually naming them. Business cards represent identity, status and the ability to make contact. Many of those who died still remain missing.

From 11 July the artist will begin to hand out these cards in public spaces to metaphorically exhume each individual and acknowledge their existence. It will be an act of remembrance that will raise awareness and remind us all of the consequences of hate. 

For more information about the art project visit the Katie Taylor website. For more information on Srebrenica visit the Srebrenica website.

The service is expected to last about 30 minutes.