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Mid and East Antrim’s young leaders start journey to learn about Srebrenica Genocide

Press release   •   Oct 04, 2019 14:19 BST

Pictured is the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Morrow with the young leaders heading to Bosnia-Herzegovina to learn about Srebrenica Genocide

Twenty young leaders from across the Borough will head to Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of October to learn about the Srebrenica Genocide.

Through the Conflict Transformation and Srebrenica programme, funded by the EU Peace IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), 20 of 40 young leaders will visit Bosnia-Herzegovina to see and hear first-hand the causes, impact and lessons of the Balkan conflict, siege of Sarajevo and Srebrenica Genocide. The programme and visit will also explore aspects of peace building power-sharing, politics in an area with significant identity and ethnic challenges, shared education and victim’s issues.

In preparation for their visit, a workshop was held on Thursday evening at LEDCOM in Larne.

Mayor Maureen Morrow, who attended the workshop, said: “I am so impressed at the knowledge and energy of our young leaders and I want to thank them for participating in such an exciting and challenging programme. I also want to acknowledge their commitment to put their learning to use for the betterment of their local community.

“In Northern Ireland we are only too aware of the consequence of prejudice and intolerance. These young leaders will learn about what hatred can do in a different context and country, which can only broaden their mind and bring about new perspectives that will benefit Mid & East Antrim and Northern Ireland as they increasingly contribute to civic life. ”

Director of Remembering Srebrenica UK, Amil Khan, said: “Northern Ireland and Bosnia have many things in common, not just that they are both regions coming out of conflict but they have warm and friendly people who are proud of their home. They also know how fragile peace can be.

“Managing diversity in a changing world are as critical in Bosnia and Srebrenica as they are in Northern Ireland, Ballymena, Larne or Carrickfergus.”

The programme will recruit a further 20 young leaders from Mid & East Antrim in spring 2020.The programme will culminate with a commemoration event in July 2020 marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

Match-funding for the programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, #PEACEIV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the border region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the #SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu
  • Remembering Srebrenica is the UK organiser of Srebrenica Memorial Day on 11 July. The charity is part-funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Prime Minister.  Visit: www.srebrenica.org.uk/ for more information.  E:mea@srebrenica.org.uk or contact Amil Khan T: 0121 4543343 or Peter Osborne T: 07803 717 930
  • For Mid and East Antrim Borough Council media enquiries T: 028 2563 5037 E: communications@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
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  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is a multi-award winning local authority which leads the way in the transformation of ever-more efficient and improved public services for its 139,000 citizens. The traditional engine room of the Northern Ireland economy, the borough has a proud manufacturing heritage, diverse and dynamic business community, and a rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sector.