PEOPLE of different faiths across Bromsgrove will come together on Sunday to challenge intolerance on the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

Charity Remembering Srebrenica will be hosting the event at St John's the Baptist Church on July 9, to mark 22 years since the genocide of 8,000 Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The service will be one of dozens held across the country during Srebrenica Memorial Week, in an attempt to challenge the rising number of hate crimes nationwide.

Reverend Raymond Khan said: "This has been a year where once again we have sadly witnessed continuing acts of terrorism and hate crimes, and so the Muslim and Christian community have come together to pray and remember, along with those of other faiths and no faith."

On July 11, 1995, Serbian paramilitary units overran the town of Srebrenica, systematically murdering men and boys on account of their Islamic faith.

Helal Shahid, chairman of the Bromsgrove chapter of Remembering Srebrenica, said: "Srebrenica teaches us that prejudice and hatred left unchecked can have catastrophic consequences, not only for the generation that suffers the violence, but for the following generations whose futures are also irreversibly altered."

The event will start at 12.30pm at the Kidderminster Road church.