UNIC Lagos joins the world to remember victims of the holocaust

Nigeria joined the rest of the world yesterday, 27 January 2014, to mark the International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust, as the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, organized an Awareness Road Walk, Poster Exhibitions and Film Screening to remind Nigerians of the lessons of the holocaust and prevent any future act of genocide.Holocaust - Awareness walk 3,
The activities which attracted over 300 participants started in the morning with an awareness-raising road walk involving students, teachers, Civil Society Organisations, the Police, the media, and the Emergency First Aids Team of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. The march was livened up by rich repertoire of solidarity songs, which members of the public applauded with glee. It lasted one hour and covered six streets in Surulere area of Lagos State, South-west Nigeria. SONY DSC
Continuing the activities of the Day, the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, opened the Poster Exhibition with a background information and later explained the creative concept of each poster on display. A total of 20 Posters were exhibited. SONY DSC
The Day’s event got to the climax when the film, ‘The Path to Nazi Genocide’ started rolling and the hall became silent but for the voice of the film’s narrator. Expectedly, horrific actions of the Nazis elicited from the audience, heavy outbreaths and murmurs of shock. The interactive forum that followed enabled the students to express their disgust about the genocide of that period. A student participant summarized his opinion, ‘Genocide is a horrible thing…it should never happen again’.Holocaust - mounted posters 2
“We must be ever vigilant against bigotry, extremist ideologies, communal tensions and discrimination against minorities. And we must teach our children well.” The Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said in a message read by UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, “Let us join forces today on a shared journey to a world of equality and dignity for all.”
To set the mood for the film screening, the students of Fountain Heights Secondary School also staged a play on the Nazi reign of terror and the liberation by the allied forces.