We remember and we demand!

We remember and we demand!

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Making my speech at the Armenian Genocide commemoration night in Sydney (2015)

April 24th, 1915, is etched as one of the darkest days in humanity…

Every year on April 24, I get shivers…thinking of innocent men, women, and children whose lives were destroyed by the atrocities of Ottoman Empire 101 years ago. One and a half million lives…and their generations were destroyed.

April 24 is the remembrance day of the Armenian Genocide, a historical fact that Turkey, unfortunately, continues to deny. Imagine Germany claiming that Holocaust never happened? It is absurd, isn’t it?

In fact, Adolf Hitler cynically used this phrase to justify his horrendous acts:

Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

Both Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide are historical facts. The only difference is that one is recognised, and one is yet to be recognised.

Twenty-nine countries accept the factuality of the Armenian Genocide. 44 US states do too…and the only two governments that directly deny the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide are Turkey and Azerbaijan.

The injustice is what bothers me. Not the politics. The pain that Armenians still feel is incredible. Each and every year for 101 years Armenians walk to the memorial to show their respect and tribute.

I first visited the memorial 10 years ago. With red tulips in my hand, I slowly made my long walk to the memorial. It was an opportunity to reflect and feel the pain of those who were victims of these atrocities.  This was when I realised that it was my responsibility to remember the past and to demand justice.

 

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Armenian Genocide Memorial

 

I was humbled to be part of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Night in Sydney, last year and have my say through my speech.

 

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Commemoration night in Sydney

 

Are you in peace with criticism?

Are you in peace with criticism?

We need to learn to be imperfect…we need to allow ourselves room for improvement, for mistakes, for wrongdoings. We need to make peace with our imperfection because being a perfectionist in this imperfect world is a misery…

If you are a perfectionist you are likely to agree that we have a strong desire to be perfect and do everything 100%. What I am interested here is the reason…Why is this the case and why do we praise ourselves for being perfectionists? Why do we feel not fully comfortable with being half-good at something? Read more