The Forgotten Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide

During the First World War which occurred from the years 1914 until 1918, many horrific and tragic events took place in the relatively short four year span in various nations throughout the continent of Europe. The infamous Armenian genocide was perhaps one of the more notable events that had occurred during World War I. The Armenia genocide, also known as the Armenian Massacres and to the native Armenians, the Great Calamity, is widely documented to be one of the very first genocidal mass murders in the 20th century. The Armenian genocide is most often associated with World War I, just as how the Holocaust is associated with World War II. In fact, next to only the Holocaust, the Armenia genocide is the second most studied and documented case of a genocide in recent times. It is generally known that the number of casualties suffered during the Armenian genocide is approximately between 1 and 1.5 million men, women, and children of all ages. The exact date of the start of the Armenia genocide is unclear, however the official date commemorated by present-day Armenians is on April 24th, also known as Genocide Memorial Day. The Armenian genocide was initiated by the Ottoman Empire military, when thousands upon thousands of Armenians were suddenly extracted from their homes and were forced to march hundreds of miles without food or water to a desert.

The Armenian genocide is known to be one of the very first mass murders that were executed in a systematic and premeditated manner. The Ottoman authorities responsible for the Armenia genocide meticulously planned to have all the Armenian intellectuals and leaders grouped and murdered. Without their leaders, the Armenian people were hopelessly lost and manipulated by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Several hundreds of massacres were used to mercilessly murder hundreds of thousands of Armenians, with no regard for age or gender. Along with massacres, the helpless and vulnerable Armenians were forced to march for hundreds and hundreds of miles to a desert without food and water, another tactic used by the Turks to slowly induce suffering and kill the Armenians. Those who survived the march were stranded alone in the desert with no shelter and hardly any clothing, and most were killed upon arrival regardless. During these death marches of the Armenia genocide, women and children were brutally raped and humiliated. Families were often separated, and many Armenian children were kidnapped by the Turkish people. Able bodied men were taken from the march in order to help with the war efforts, and immediately killed thereafter.

Relief efforts to alleviate the pains and sufferings of the surviving Armenians have done little to ease the horrific memories of the Armenian genocide. The Republic of Turkey, what used to be the Ottoman Empire, strongly denies the Armenia genocide. Millions of Armenians were brutally murdered during the genocide, and throughout various European countries, more than 135 memorials dedicated to the Armenian genocide have been established.

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