Today, April 24th, is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, a day to honor the memory of the approximately 1.5 million Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. This event was a tragedy of epic proportions that has had long-lasting effects on the Armenian people and their culture.
The Armenian Genocide began in 1915, when the Ottoman Empire, under the rule of the Young Turks, began to systematically round up and deport Armenians from their homes. Many Armenians were killed during these deportations, which often involved long marches through the desert with little food or water. Those who survived were often subjected to forced labor, rape, and other forms of violence.
The Armenian Genocide was not an isolated event, but rather part of a larger pattern of genocide and other forms of mass violence that have occurred throughout history. It is important to note that the Armenian Genocide was not the first or the last instance of genocide in history, nor was it the only one to be denied or covered up by those in power.
The subsequent attempts to cover up and deny the Armenian Genocide have been well-documented. The Ottoman Empire and its successor state, Turkey, have long denied that the genocide ever occurred, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This denial has made it difficult for the Armenian people to grieve and heal from the trauma of the genocide, and has also hindered efforts to prevent similar atrocities from occurring in the future.
It is important to understand the intersectionality of different forms of violence and oppression, and to recognize that genocide is often the result of multiple factors, including systemic discrimination, racism, and intolerance. The only way to prevent such crimes against humanity is to universally adopt the idea of a tolerant society that honors consent culture, values diversity and inclusivity, and actively works to prevent violence and oppression in all its forms.
On this Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives in this tragic event, and we commit ourselves to working towards a world in which such atrocities can never happen again. It is up to all of us to stand up against discrimination, intolerance, and violence, and to promote the values of tolerance, consent culture, and equality for all.