Devotional: Srebrenica and Rama

Pause to pray with the team at noon eastern (6PM in Bosnia).

The Friendship Camp team is in Srebrenica and the Camp New Hope team is in Rama today.

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. — 1 Corinthians 12:26

Srebrenica is a small town in the far east of Bosnia-Herzegovina, very near the border with Serbia. It is the site of the most deadly attack and genocide during the war. Over the course of just a few days in July 1995, more than 8,000 unarmed civilian men and boys were killed.This was the largest massacre in Europe since World War II. The victims’ remains were buried in mass graves that were then excavated and reburied numerous times as a way to hide the evidence of what had happened. Srebrenica still suffers psychologically, physically, socially and spiritually.

Visiting the memorial site in Srebrenica can be a breathtaking experience. In the center of the memorial site, there is a space for prayer, as well as a monument that displays the names of those who died. The museum has film footage and photos used as evidence in the war crime trials in The Hague. Every July, on the anniversary of the genocide, thousands of people gather to pay their respects to those who died, to witness the remains found in the past year being entombed, to stand in solidarity as a presence that will not allow things such as this to ever happen again, to no one and nowhere.

Camp New Hope will welcome students and teachers to the House of Peace at a Franciscan monastery at Rama. The monastery, founded in the 15th century, is situated beside a manmade lake created in 1968 during the Tito era. The monastery is known for its religious artwork, its iconic cross by Mile Blazevic, and inclusive Last Supper sculpture by Divo Grabovcev.

Saints have a heart full of justice. — Thomas Aquinas

Pray for: Justice

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