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Today is the official day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Thousands of Armenians are expected to march in Los Angeles to mark the 102nd anniversary.
The Ottoman Empire killed over 1,500,000 Armenians, Greeks, Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriacs and others, exiled the Armenians from their historic homeland, and deported hundreds of thousands of its other Christian citizens. Many of the victims were killed expressly because they would not renounce their Christian faith.
Prior to the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the territory of modern-day Turkey was home to a large, ancient, and indigenous Christian population, comprised of millions of Armenians, Greeks, Pontians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, and other Christian peoples. Today, Christians account for less than 0.1% of Turkey’s population.
There is a growing international consensus that the Turkish government committed genocide against Armenians, Greeks and Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriacs, beginning in 1915. Forty-three U.S. states have affirmed the Armenian Genocide through resolutions or proclamations and over 20 nations and international bodies have affirmed the Armenian Genocide.
Despite the international consensus that the Ottoman Empire committed the Armenian Genocide, Turkey continues a campaign of denying the genocide. Turkey’s acknowledgement of the genocide is a vital key to improved relations between Turkey and Christian minorities, within its borders and across the region, as well as between Turkey and Armenia.
If you are interested in learning more about this history, you can also take action by going to see “The Promise” released in theaters on April 21. Learn more information about it on Armenian National Committee of America’s website!