A BRADFORD woman organised an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia.

Zeynab Ahmed, who is a regional board member of the charity Remembering Srebrenica, said the memorial event was designed to act as a powerful reminder of the threat that intolerance, racism and hatred pose to society.

It was held in Leeds and attended by Samir Dizdarevi, a survivor of the atrocity that saw his father, three neighbours among more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb soldiers.

Zeynab visited Bosnia and Herzegovina last year as part of the charity's educational visits programme. She said: "It was a very emotional experience to see the memorial sites of the victims and speak directly to the survivors .The pain and horror was etched on their faces when recalling the massacre and death of loved ones.

"I met Hasan Hasanovi, who lost his twin brother. I also had the pleasure of meeting strong women such as Hatidza Mehmedovi - a mother who lost her husband and two sons in the genocide. When I returned home, I felt compelled to share the story of the genocide."

Remembering Srebrenica chairman Dr Waqar Azmi said: "We are grateful to Zeynab and our volunteers for their hard work. Their event will help to raise awareness of Srebrenica, whilst inspiring local people to tackle hatred, build stronger, more cohesive communities and ensure Srebrenica is never forgotten."