100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

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We express our extended sympathy on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide!

Today, April 24, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey (Western Armenia).

The four stage of the Armenian genocide that began in Turkey in 1894 destroyed the Armenian civilization in most parts of Western Armenia, taking the lives of more than 2,000,000 people, about 300,000 were killed in 1894-1896, 1,500,000 in 1915-1916, about 300,000 in 1918-1922. The heaviest losses occurred during the First World War, when in the spring of 1915 Turkish authorities organized a monstrous act of genocide of Armenians in their historic homeland.

The fact of the Armenian genocide is recognized by many countries. Uruguay did it first in 1965, then followed Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and forty two USA states. The genocide is also recognized by Vatican, the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

Forget-me-not became the symbol of the event, because the word itself has a certain meaning in many languages. The flower shows twelve stone of the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, and it also has five petals which represent the five parts of the world where Armenians were scattered following the genocide. The Armenian genocide is not the tragedy of one nation, but a crime against the mankind on a global scale. This is the way we have to look at it in order to prevent further crimes against humanity.