I stumbled upon this 3-minute video by the “National Geographic” today and decided to share it just in case you haven’t seen it either. Here’s a block-quote from the video’s description:
Starting in 1915, 500,000 to 1.5 million ethnic Armenians living in Turkey were killed or expelled from their ancestral lands, where they’d lived mainly peaceably with the Turks for centuries. Armenians call the slaughter genocide; Turks say it was the consequence of the larger war, in which many groups, including Turks, suffered terribly. Five of the few remaining Armenian survivors reflect on the horrors they faced fleeing their homeland as children and on what life has been like for them in exile.
My very good friends, a group of young Syrian-Armenians, who have found refuge in Armenia from Syria’s raging civil war, have made this remarkable video message today, which I want to share with you.
A message to those who tried to scratch our chapter from the book of human existence.
We, the descendants of the Armenian Genocide survivors, are and will be the protectors of our identity and cultural heritage.
With a spark in our eyes, we stand up.
We speak up and hold our heads up!
Today, we carry the torch of our nation and prove to the world that we are unbreakable.
By: Houry Pilibbossian ,Khachig Ainteblian ,Puzant Keshishian ,Galin Dishoyan and Hena Aposhian
Prominent Armenian film director Tigran Khzmalian’s film “The Genocide Photographer” tells about Armin Theophil Wegner, a witness to the Armenian Genocide whose photographs documented one of the greatest crimes against humanity committed in the past century.
It is difficult to define the exact number of victims of Sumgait massacre due to refusal of Azerbaijani government to help. Based on the data provided by the Prosecutor’s office of Azerbaijan, the Prosecutor’s office of the USSR announced that 26 citizens of Armenian nationality perished in Sumgait (“Izvestiya”, 03.03.1988). Below is the incomplete list of innocent victims of Sumgait. Continue reading “24 Years Since Armenian Pogroms in Sumgait, Azerbaijan – February 1988”