Introduction by Ibrahim Sincere, contributors various Paperback, available from 20 December 2019.
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Whether to memorialise, to inspire a prayer or to learn from, analyse and study, this volume brings much to reflect on, and despite its topic, a glimmer of hope that with increased understanding comes the chance of a better future. This is of interest to those who need a teaching resource on this topic, as well as those who appreciate poetry.
This anthology brings all the entries from winners, runners-up and those highly commended from 2012 – 2019 Genocide Memorial Day poetry competition in one volume. Since its first establishment in 2010 by IHRC, GMD events have taken place across the world, established by different organisations working on their own or as part of both the Universal Justice Network (UJN) and the Decolonial International Network (DIN). Events have taken place in London, Jerusalem, The Hague, Paris, Brussels, Kuala Lumpur and many other places.
In the UK, running alongside the event itself and the website which provides resources for schools, teachers and activists on the various themes, has been the poetry competition for young people.
Find out more about the annual competition here.
Publisher: Genocide Memorial Day / Islamic Human Rights Commission
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“This anthology comprises the work of the winning, runner-up and highly commended Genocide Memorial Day poems. It is a valuable educational tool in the teaching of history, literature and social studies, as well as a powerful reminder not just of atrocities past but the urgent need to stop ongoing and prevent future genocides.
“These poems touch our hearts. It is impossible to read them without having the feelings of sorrow, pain and sadness flow through your veins. The poems were written for the Genocide Memorial Day events that IHRC, member organization of the Decolonial International Network, has organized in the past ten years. They are pearls that should be treasured in the literature that articulates the experiences and feelings of thevictims of genocide.”
Sandew Hira, Secretary of the Decolonial International Network Foundation
“A haunting book of reflections on the genocides, acknowledged and unacknowledged, of our age. These poems will pierce your heart and lodge there, and perhaps one day save lives.”
Richard Haley, Chair of Scotland Against Criminalising Communities