The Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation, speaker at conference of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
The Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation was invited by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at the Education and Outreach for Peace event in their HQ in The Hague ( Netherlands) on the 22nd and 23th of September 2014. (http://www.opcw.org/education-and-outreach-conference/)
This invitation by the 2013 Nobel Price Winner shows that the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation has become a driving force in creating international awareness for the fact that countries like Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia contributed tremendously in the fiercest battles during WW1 and paid a huge price for this with the loss of hundreds of thousand human lives.
Luc Ferier, President of the Foundation said: “In these extremely difficult times for the Muslim and Arab community in which the media seem to link every aspect of their culture, philosophy and religion with evil, bloodshed and fear, I believe it is my duty to bring forward this beautiful story about their ancestors. It is an important part of their history and identity they are looking for . Telling this positive story, that remained in oblivion far too long, will help them to find back their dignity and confidence, no matter the continent or country they currently live in. I’m convinced this project will be a good start to reach out to this community and to create the possibility to build an everlasting bridge, founded on strong pillars of mutual respect.”.
This conference also offered the perfect opportunity for the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation to highlight the fact that the Algerian 45th Division, including Moroccan and Tunisian brigades, was the victim of one of the biggest atrocities of the Great War. During the Battle of Ypres, on the 22nd of April 1915, the first massive gas attack was aimed at them. Nearly a hundred years later this remembrance shows how the past and the present are intimately linked and why this exhibition project is now more than ever the perfect occasion to pay tribute to these Forgotten Heroes.
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