An Organisational Overview


The Docklands Victims Association (DVA), established 1996 in the aftermath of the London Docklands terrorist atrocity on Friday 9thFebruary 1996, initially as a close network of victims and volunteers who wanted to support those so badly traumatised by the terrible events. In total 50 local members of the community were affected in many ways.

 

From the modest actions of those committed individuals we have attracted supporters from all backgrounds, cultures and religious faiths to concentrate on greater support and assistance for those affected by conflict and in particular a consequence of terrorism. In addition we have relentlessly furthered our guiding aims to seek financial resolution in acknowledging that innocent people lost their lives or where unimaginably injured or mentally scarred in the aftermath. Those same people who in our association are forgiving of the cause and now only seek recognition of their sincere desires achieve funding towards the work of resolution, community engagement and individual empowerment irrespective of background or culture.

 

Two such unfortunate people and members of the local community; Inam Bashir & John Jeffries both killed on 9th February 1996 by a massive bomb detonated by the IRA within London Docklands, while going about their normal work in the newspaper kiosk. Enough that these two innocent young people lost their lives, ironically having been brought together by the kindness of Inam Bashir’ close family who had shown incredible compassion and love when they found John Jeffries a young man of Irish descent in the area jobless, living a twilight existence drinking excessively and drug taking and with no one who cared; managed to show him unconditional support that resulted in him changing his life including employment within the Bashir’ family business, We are therefore extremely proud of our beginnings and the progress we have achieved during the past 17 years. Our organisation has self-funded our work both in supporting victims of terrorism and the continued efforts to promote and enhance humanitarian solutions of all conflict types.

 

The DVA has been instrumental in working to resolve conflicts with our extensive multi-cultural diversity and unique membership from supporters from different religions and creeds, united in the condemnation of all acts of terrorism. Enabling us to have established a strong and extensive global networking, successfully convey our message of reconciliation and our guiding values throughout many parts of the world. Our work has brought us into contact with many victims of terrorism such as London 7/7, New York 9/11 and Mumbai.

 

We provide whatever support we can to victims and their families who have been affected. In addition organising local seminars to listen and learn and finding effective ways to turn these sessions in to counselling and empowerment opportunities both to victims and also supporters and people who wish to develop their own careers associated with this important aspect of Community and life in general. A specialist interest of our group is focussing on alternative methods and ways of addressing the symptoms and alleviating some of the conditions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD].

 

The work has not gone unnoticed and we have gained a considerable reputation as a collaborative and respectful organisation and that with the continued support from likeminded groups and imminent individuals who share and acknowledge our approach, the values and objectives we stand by.

 

These supports include access to government officials, social scientists and researchers, present and former heads of state, and the media at large all of whom are more than willing to volunteer their assistance in many ways. Including DVAs’ publicly recognised contribution towards the Northern Ireland peace process, the efforts to support Nigerian tribal conflicts a consequence of Boko Haram driven terrorism attempting to destabilise the northern part of that country. This is illustrated by our organisations credentials and benevolence afforded to our group.

 

The DVA notably has contributed to work with other tribal groups e.g. Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and highly respected Alhajis, as we are confident that every small step towards resolving conflict must be taken and our cross culture engagement and specific approach in brokering understanding means we believe we are seen as a positive ingredient as opposed to a threat.

Some of the work we do

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DVA Members meeting Libyan victims at the Foreign & Commonwealth Offices London 2014

DVA urges support for Libya, newspaper article published September, 26th 2013

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The article published September 26th 2013, during the visit of the Libyan Prime Minister Mr Ali Zeidan to London.

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Mr Ali Zeidan and Mr David Cameron outside No 10 Downing Street. 

Full Article of Mr Ali Zeidan talks with Mr David Cameron.

 

Victims of the IRA bomb in Canary Wharf are urging David Cameron to support Libya in tightening up security in the African country.

 

Its Prime Minister Ali Zeidan met with Mr Cameron in London this week to talk about issues including the training of soldiers and police, for which Libya is asking for help from the UK.

 

President of the Docklands Victims Association, Jonathan Ganesh, said UK backing for the newly-formed democracy was crucial in ensuring its stability.

 

During the Libyan uprising, the DVA supported the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, who supplied Semtex to the IRA for explosives including that used in the 1996 bomb at South Quay, which killed two and left scores injured.

 

"During the past years I have been privileged to have met countless Libyans and also officials within the new Libyan government," said Mr Ganesh.

 

"We have come to view the Libyan people as our brothers and sisters who have courageously fought against overwhelming odds to gain their freedom.

 

"I have been in contact with Downing Street to encourage our PM to do all he can to support them to ensure that democracy and freedom will continue prevail in Libya."

 

Hamida Bashir, whose son Inam died in the explosion in Docklands, added: "The UK must help the Libyan people. They deserve our help as they have suffered so much and so many of them were also killed due to Gaddafi's brutality."

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