A WHITCHURCH photographer is preparing his next steps in his work commemorating ‘Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two’.

Daniel Norwood, a former forensic photographer, is taking part in a 60-mile peace march through Bosnia next month in memory of the Srebrenica genocide victims.

The three-day march, known as Mars Mira, traces in reverse the route taken by Bosniaks who fled the town of Srebrenica in July 1995 under attack from Bosnian Serbs.

Daniel will be joined by thousands of others taking part in the march, including survivors from 1995.

“It’s obviously going to be quite emotional,” he said.

“Quite a few of the participants are survivors from the original genocide, but there are also supporters, family members and that kind of thing.”

The Srebrenica genocide is known as the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. Bosnian Serbs descended on the town of Srebrenica — which the UN had previously declared a safe area — and massacred more than 8,000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys.

Many had attempted to flee the town, but were deceived by the Bosnian Serbs and killed.

Daniel added: “They were picked up on the way, but they were also promised they would be taken to safe hands by the Serb soldiers. And then as soon as they were on coaches, they were taken to empty buildings and they were systematically executed.

“It was frightening, and the fact that the survivors are willing to go back and recreate this march every year as a testament to their courage that they are willing to stand up to hatred.”

Daniel has already visited Srebrenica once this year.

In March he attended the site of the genocide with the charity Remembering Srebrenica, plus a delegation of academics, community leaders and human rights activists.

He is hoping to share his photos and findings from the visit with local schools and has similar hopes for his upcoming trip.

“My goal is to gather as much information as possible and to do something when I get back with the material,” he said.