May 31, 2012

Why White Armbands and Banners?

With each passing year, the atrocities that occurred in Nazi death camps become fading memories for all but those who were touched personally by the monster known as Hitler.  What many don't know is that similar atrocities occurred in much more recent history.

The words of my friend, Nina Rotz:

On 31 May 1992, the Bosnian Serb authorities in Prijedor, a town in north western Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued a decree for all non-Serbs to mark their houses with white flags or sheets and to wear a white armband if they were to leave their houses. This was the first day of a campaign of extermination that resulted in executions, concentration camps, mass rapes and the ultimate removal of more than 94% of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from the territory of the Prijedor municipality.

Nina lived through this horror.  Many did not.

White banner displayed on my front window

Nina has created a Facebook event for you to join and share with your friends.  Please consider wearing a white arm band or displaying some sort of white flag or banner on your home today, May 31, to show your solidarity against similar massacres throughout the world.  Such a simple act to remember not only those who died, but those who relive the horror.

1 comment:

marilisa sachteleben said...

Beautifully put. Sad day. I remember praying every day with my children, knelt down by our old couch, for God to be with the children of Bosnia. Little did we know that one days I'd be lucky enough to call one of them friend.