Sunday, April 24, 2011

Remembering The Armenian Genocide

All photos of the Tsitsernakaberd memorial in Yerevan, Armenia by Narine Daneghya/youthjournalism.org

By Narine Daneghyan
Junior reporter
Yerevan, Armenia – Every year, there are fewer survivors left.
But Armenians will never forget the horrible events of 1915.
Today, as Christians all over the world celebrate Easter, my country also marks the annual day of remembrance for victims of the Turkish slaughter of Armenians in the first modern genocide.
Tsitsernakaberd, a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, is located on a hill overlooking Yerevan.
Every April 24, hundreds of thousands of Armenians gather there to remember the victims of the Turkish government’s massacre of more than 1 million Armenians in the years between 1915 and 1923.
If you ask them what they want, they will say they demand justice and insist that the world must no longer remain silent.
Turkey, which refuses to acknowledge the holocaust that happened within its borders, must recognize the genocide. This is what Armenians demand.
Every day, the people who live in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, see the magnificent Mount Ararat in the distance, their spiritual, iconic symbol, sitting across the border of modern-day Turkey.
It is land poached from the Armenians during the genocide.
And Armenians want that stolen land back as a monument to the fallen millions, a last vestige of Armenian’s long culture there.
We cannot, will not, forget what happened in 1915.

Here is a slide show with more pictures:



For more information, see The Aremenia Genocide Museum-Institute website, which includes many personal stories.

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