Genocide Awareness Day 2016

Over 150 pupils from schools across London attended Hampton’s Genocide Awareness Day.

The boys and girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 were given the opportunity to listen to survivors of genocides from four different countries: Ruth Barnett spoke about the horrors of Nazi Germany; Sokphal Din recounted his experiences of life in Cambodia under Pol Pot; Sophie Masereka spoke about the Rwandan massacre; and Kemal Pervanic described the atrocities that took place during the Bosnian war.

In the afternoon, BBC presenter and historian Dan Snow, chaired a Q&A with the survivors and the pupils, which raised many thought provoking questions.

The students then took part in a range of workshop projects with industry specialists from the worlds of art, journalism, poetry, film-making and animation.

A film of the day is being made through the ADCAN Awards scheme, and will be ready in the new year.

Fifth Year Hamptonian, Oliver Casale, said the day was a unique and invaluable experience

The stories of the survivors were very moving and taught us the importance of learning about genocide and spreading awareness in order to prevent a similar situation ever happening again.

To see pictures from the day, please click the link below:

Photo Gallery