Remember Srebrenica - ex Moderator leads delegation
Published on 12 February, 2015
A former Moderator of the General Assembly today leads a delegation from Scotland to Bosnia on behalf of the British charity 'Remembering Srebrenica'.
Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood will take a party – for the 'Lessons from Srebrenica' visit – including Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, The Rt Hon the Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (James Wallace) and Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator Designate of the General Assembly.
They will meet with the survivors and relatives of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre, as well as the British Ambassador Edward Ferguson and officials from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).
For Dr Hood this is a return visit having been part of the Scottish delegation last year.
She said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity of returning to Srebrenica and revisiting places and people who remain so firmly fixed in my memory.
"Srebrenica was the place where over 8000 men boys and infants were massacred by Serb forces after flocking to what had been designated a UN 'safe haven'. Their remains were removed from mass graves and reinterred all over the countryside as the killers sought to escape detection.
"I will never forget the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' many of whom had been raped, vividly telling us of the horrors they witnessed and the subsequent struggle to have the atrocity recognised as genocide along with their deepest desires to have their loved ones identified.
"Due to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons and ground breaking forensic work over 7000 of the 8000 victims have been identified. Two Scots, Adam Boys and John Clark, have been in the forefront of this work and their dedication and determination have allowed so many mothers to bury their husbands and sons.
"The trip was harrowing as you touch evil and witness at first hand such inhumanity. It is the same feeling I had when visiting the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the memorial to the Jewish Holocaust. Confronted by such horror we surly must strive to eradicate all forms of discrimination and suspicion. The sobering reality is that this atrocity happened amongst people who had lived peacefully together for hundreds of years.
"As we approach the 20th Anniversary various events will be held up and down the country. It is hoped there will be a service on 10th July in Edinburgh with representatives from different faith groups and political parties."