Friday, 24 April 2015

Armenian 'genocide' - Remembering the 1 million

100 years ago, about 1 million Christian Armenians were systematically killed by the Ottoman Turks for fears they were loyal to the majorly Christian nation Russia. Today, they are being remembered in Armenia.

Although President Obama has shied from calling it a genocide, Russian president Putin and Pope Francis have named it so.

What really happened in 1915?

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, whose empire was disintegrating.

Many of the victims were civilians deported to barren desert regions where they died of starvation and thirst. Thousands also died in massacres.

Armenia says up to 1.5 million people were killed. Turkey says the number of deaths was much smaller.

Most non-Turkish scholars of the events regard them as genocide - as do more than 20 states, including France, Germany, Canada and Russia, and various international bodies including the European Parliament.

Turkey rejects the term genocide, maintaining that many of the dead were killed in clashes during World War One, and that many ethnic Turks also suffered in the conflict.

Photo credit- Daily Mail



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