Sunday, April 23, 2017

1915 Recognition


From 1915 to 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Turks.  It started 102 years ago tomorrow (April 24, 1915.) As of 2017 only 28 countries (Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy , Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Uruguay, the Vatican and Venezuela) officially recognize the killings as a genocide.  It is also recognized by 2 Australian states, 5 Spanish regions, 3 parts of the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and 45 out of 50 US States (the 5 that don’t are: Wyoming, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi and Alabama along with the Federal Government.) My Great-Uncle was Armenian. His parents immigrated from the Ottoman Empire a few years before the genocide, but many of his relatives that stayed behind were murdered. He was 4 years old when the killings started and lived to be 95 years old when he passed.

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