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WASIM MIR: BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: THE JOURNEY  

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“Attending the annual memorial at Potocari (the site where over 8000 males were massacred in July 1995) was an event that would tug at the strongest of hearts. As a volunteer, I had heard the horrendous war-time stories from my host family over the 3 weeks I had stayed with them, but it was only upon attending such an emotional event, steeped in sorrow, that I realised the scale of the genocide.

One thing stuck with me from that day – Bosnia’s tragic stories deserve to be heard at the very least, for ignoring such atrocities is paramount to our failure as fellow citizens from both an Islamic and moral perspective.

The experience as a whole was not only that of a volunteering project, but a journey on so many levels. Spiritually, morally, emotionally and personally, I learnt a lot about my character that I doubt I could have without stepping out of my comfort zone into this environment.

I saw my religion practised by an entirely different ethnic group and broke down barriers which previously seemed immovable. Volunteering abroad also gave me a completely new form of independence I had not experienced before. It benefitted other areas of my skill base in terms of verbal and non-verbal communication, teamwork and time management skills.”

About the project

Bosnia & Herzegovina: The Journey was a one month programme run in 2011 and 2012 for young Muslims to learn about conflict and development, reviving the Islamic concept of a journey as an act of learning and enrichment, rather than just a photo opportunity!

The volunteers lived with survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre supporting them with their day to day farming tasks as well as setting up strawberry farms which they fundraised for in the UK. The volunteers also took part in the three day Mars Mira (“Peace March”) through the route the Bosnians took to flee the Serbian army and attended the anniversary of the massacre along with thousands of people from around the world.

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FIRST FOREIGN NATIONAL RECEIVES BOSNIAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
On the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which 8000 Muslim men and boys were...
Srebrenica will never be forgotten...
"By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims, the Bosnian Serb forces committed...
Bosnia & Herzegovnia: The Journey 2012
  21 Aug 2012 - Over a month after returning from Bosnia, volunteer Shareef Esoof...
Children's messages of love
Wasim Mir, one of the 2011 Bosnia: The Journey volunteers ran an assembly at Palmers Green...
613 bodies…50 thousand eyes…
"Thousands of men executed and buried in mass graves, hundreds of men buried alive, men and...
A tale of triumph
Our journey was one of small triumphs, individual and collective. It was a journey of...
Time to live
"I forgot to wave goodbye when they separated us. As he was walking away I shouted 'Samir!'...
8000 names
Some time ago I was speaking to a brother who was advocating to me the merits of dikr, and...