Steve Baker is a headteacher and lives in Kingsley with his wife and their two young daughters.
Steve previously worked for the International Criminal Court investigating war crimes, including the genocide in Srebrenica where more than 8,000 mainly Muslim men and boys were murdered. This had a profound effect on him and changed his life.
He became a teacher to help young people and is also a board member of the charity Remembering Srebrenica. The charity focuses on tackling hatred, discrimination and prejudice, working with different faith and community groups on projects to bring people together. As part of the charity’s Never Again programme Steve speaks in schools and prisons about the consequences of hatred and intolerance and the importance of community cohesion.
11th July is the 25th anniversary of this massacre and Steve should have been taking a delegation to Bosnia to mark this. Obviously this was not possible so instead Steve is running 1007 miles – equivalent to the distance from London to Sarajevo to raise funds for and awareness of the charity.
Recent events have I believe shown how important this work is and how we can create a safer and stronger society by working together and discovering that we have “more in common”. You can sponsor Steve here and you can find out more about work of the charity here.
Proverbs 10:12 says: Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
We pray to You,
Almighty God, may grievance become hope,
May revenge become justice
May mothers’ tears become prayers
That Srebrenica never happens again
To no one and nowhere. - The Srebrenica Prayer
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.