The Anniversary of a Genocide that has yet to be Acknowledged

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“We have made a clean sweep of the Armenians and Assyrians of Azerbaijan.” Those were the words of Djevdet Bey, the governor of the Van Province in Ottoman Turkey, who on April 24, 1915 lead 20,000 Turkish soldiers and 10,000 Kurdish irregulars in the opening act of the genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks. In three short years, 750,000 Assyrians (75%) were killed, along with 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Greeks.

On April 24 Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians commemorated the 99th anniversary of the genocide with vigils, church services, lectures, demonstrations and personal reflection.

Turkey has not only denied the genocide, but has actively worked to erase its tracks. For Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians, the genocide has not ended. It cannot end while Turkey denies the genocide. The psychological wounds cannot be healed if the crime is not acknowledged by its perpetrator(s). This image attests to 99 years of denial.”

This text remains anonymous since the author would like to express solidarity with the millions of anonymous victims of this crime.

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