Shazia Awan, who is a Tory member and a regular reader of PP, sends in some pictures from a recent trip to Bosnia. I thought it was a nice story so I said I’d plug it.
(Left to right: Tobia Ellwood MP, Shazia Awan, Lord Ashcroft & Baroness Sayeeda Warsi)
For me I really wanted to go as I remember I was in school when all this was going on with ethnic cleansing and I couldn’t quite understand why people were being killed just for being a different religion- I still can’t understand it now. The trip really has had a massive impact on me. We went out there to build a house for a refugee family, refurbish a classroom at a local comprehensive and construct a football pitch. I was quite heavily involved in the school project managed to get lots of books donated from a publisher in this country and also we did everything from empty out the classroom, to painting the walls and ceilings to mopping the floors. William Hague flew into Bosnia to join us which was fantastic- he opened the IT suite for us.
To avoid another disaster like Srebrenica I strongly believe that the international community needs to help Bosnia become more stable, help encourage tolerance and only then can people in the region learn to fully embrace each others differences.
Shazia is currently looking to get selected as a Parliamentary candidate.
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