Why Don’t Armenia and Turkey Get Along? It’s Called Genocide

A hundred years ago, the Ottoman Turks began a genocide against the Armenian people that resulted in the killing of an estimated 1.5 million men, women, and children.

Prior to World War I there were an estimated 2 million Armenians living within the Ottoman Empire. The Armenians, a predominantly Christian people, had long been oppressed by their Ottoman rulers.

The above video is a good introduction about the history of the Armenian genocide which began in 1915.

Armenian civilians, escorted by armed Ottoman soldiers, are marched through Harput (Kharpert), to a prison in the nearby Mezireh (present-day Elâzığ), April 1915. (Image: Wikipedia)

Armenian civilians, escorted by armed Ottoman soldiers, are marched through Harput (Kharpert), to a prison in nearby Mezireh (present-day Elâzığ), April 1915. (Image: Wikipedia)

But the Turkish authorities, past and present, insist genocide did not take place, and they have implied that the huge number of Armenian deaths were just casualties of war. In Turkey today it is still illegal for journalists to refer to what happened to the Armenians as genocide.

To address these historical grievances, there have been some recent gestures by the current Turkish leadership. As explored in the video, nothing substantial has come from it to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia.

The Armenian Genocide is commemorated on April 24.

For a more detailed account of what occurred, see the half hour documentary below How The Armenian Genocide Lost Its Place In History, which was made by Australia’s SBS in 2002.

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