Tom Stoddart - Bosnia

Photograph: Tom Stoddart 

What we do

BGET aims to humanise history by replacing faceless statistics and numbers with real human experience by using the medium of storytelling as a tool for education.

It will act as a repository for the stories and artefacts of people who experienced the genocide in Bosnia first-hand, particularly those who came to the UK as refugees, and aims to be the cornerstone of all future research, educational and creative material on the subject.

Our work is focused on ensuring that we learn lessons from what happened in Bosnia in the 1990s to help us work towards a better future here in the UK. Just as South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission helped to create a foundation for peace through the telling of stories after apartheid, we hope that sharing the truth of genocide survivors can contribute to the promotion of peace all over the world.

 

The Bosnian war exposed just how vulnerable and fragile society can be and that we must never be complacent or take peace for granted. The lesson from Bosnia is that peace is more than just the absence of war: it is all of the actions and processes through which war is made less likely. 

 

We want to provide future generations with an invaluable resource so that this time the phrase ‘never again’ is not just an empty platitude but a statement of fact.

“History rounds skeletons off to zero. A thousand and one is still a thousand. The one, as if he had never been.”


("Obóz głodowy pod Jasłem / Hunger camp at Jasło") Wisława Szymborska 

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"An excellent opportunity for students to listen to first hand accounts of genocide and to become aware that it extends beyond the Holocaust of WWII."

J.Anderson, St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School

How we do it