The Muslim charity Merhamet presented yesterday the annual award "Muradif Ćato" for 2016, at a ceremony at the Bosniak Institute. In front of a full auditorium, awards were given to the academic Abdulah Sidran and the Women in Black association from Belgrade.
Chairman of Merhament, Hajrudin Šahić, expressed his satisfaction with laureates Abdulah Sidran and the Women in Black, and said that the decision to award them was unanimous. The collective award will for the first time leave the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"They didn't tell me how much time I have to address you, but I would like to take this opportunity to say that, apart from my everyday writing, I've been fighting against inequality in our society. Many of my friends told me, 'Avdo, let it go, focus on your writings,' but I didn't even at the cost of my friendships. That's why, after so many literary awards, I can proudly say that this Merhamet award is my favorite one because it recognizes my fight," Sidran expressed.
Violeta Đikanović accepted the “Muradif Ćato” award in the name of the Women in Black association, handed to her by the chairwoman of the "Mothers of Srebrenica," Munira Subašić.
"I am extremely proud to accept this award as it recognizes that we, the Women in Black, continue to see eye to eye with our past, and acknowledge Serbia's responsibility. As long as Serbia does not recognize the genocide in Srebrenica and everything comitted in our name, our work will have a point," Đikanović said.
She added that she's especially proud to have been nominated by other women, the Mothers of the Srebrenica and Žepa enclave with who they cooperate, and stressed that they will continue to spread the truth about Srebrenica.
"That's the essence of our work, we did not agree with the wars on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, and we think that Serbia is responsible. Until Serbia owns up to the crimes comitted and pays homage to the victims, our work will continue," Đikanović added.
The award was named after Muradif Ćato, who was born in Livno (BiH) but has lived in Germany for many years. He said that even though he has lived all over the world, he has never forgotten Livno, Sarajevo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and out of love, often helps his compatriots. Ćato has awarded over two million euro to charity thus far.
The “Muradif Ćato” award is presented each year to individuals and collectives who promote BiH in various ways.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Priznanja Abdulahu Sidranu i Ženama u crnom)