A Refugee’s Journey
Kenneth Morrison andKemal Pervanić:
Kemal Pervanić is a human rights activist, a former refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina and a survivor of the Omarska concentration/detention camp in Prijedor. After his release from the camp he was given refugee status in the UK (he is now a British citizen). As a committed human rights activist, Kemal has used his experiences positively – his is genuinely a story of war, suffering, exile and then return, to build something tangible that aims to stop future generations making the same mistakes.
Kemal is the author of The Killing Days and is the subject of the
documentary film Pretty Village. In 2008, Kemal formed ‘Most Mira’ (Bridge of Peace) and the organisation has, in the last ten years, worked tirelessly on building peace in local communities through art festivals and other art
programmes involving students, young people, schools from the Prijedor region of Bosnia, as well as volunteers from around the world. He lectured to De Montfort University (DMU) students in 2012 (for Kenneth’s ‘Yugoslavia and Beyond’ course) – a lecture that was very powerful and equally well-received.
As one of the centerpieces of the exhibition, Kenneth and Kemal will create three large storyboards that tell the story of Kemal’s journey – from his
imprisonment in Omarska to the building of the Peace Centre. The
storyboards, the documentary film and scale model will provide a physical
background – and context for Kemal’s talk. His talk (introduced by
Kenneth Morrison) will address his own experience in the Omarska camp, his life as a refugee in the UK and his return to Bosnia where he formed Most Mira. He will end by discussing the building a Peace Centre with the architect of the building, Verner Causevic (who was himself a refugee from Bosnia who came to the UK at the age of seven)