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