Acknowledgement

4 Jan 2010

There are two pieces of news that I share with you, both an acknowledgement of the work of SURF and our partners.

At the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations last month, a resolution was adopted calling for the urgent implementation of proposals to assist survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide “requesting the Secretary-General to encourage relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to provide assistance in the areas of education, medical care, skills training and microcredit programmes aimed at promoting self-sufficiency.”

SURF continues to back a campaign calling on the UN to honour this resolution which was first introduced six years ago. Hopefully this pledge will now move us one step closer to achieving the restorative justice that such a resolution offers to survivors.

Heroes Of Our Time, SURF’s exhibition on the situation of survivors 15 years on from the genocide, came to the end of its successful run at the LSE last month. It is always positive to receive feedback on the work, which is testament to the power of the photography of Andrew Sutton. Andrew will be attending the opening of the next run of the exhibition on Monday 11th January at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, where it will be displayed for three weeks to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2010.

As we prepare for what we expect will be another difficult year ahead, it is at least reassuring to know that our work is having some impact. For that we have you, our supporters, to thank.