domingo, 26 de abril de 2015

Istanbul: Armenians mark massacre centenary

Armenians living in Istanbul, Turkey, marks the centenary of the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in the great war.

It is estimated that, of April 24, 1915 to 1917, about 1 and a half million Armenians have died in Turkey. The incident continues to cause tension between the two countries. For the Armenians, this is a day of pain but also of peace and reconciliation.

"For us, it's important that we have this date for peace. Learn from the pain and not repeat the same mistakes is a duty of all individuals. It is much more important to this land, which is the cradle of civilizations. We have to show the rest of the world what kind of civilization is our ", says Father Tatul.

The families of the victims do not forget and want the whole world to get to know the reality of the massacre of 100 years ago.

"I have grandparents who died. We are experiencing their pain but when you look at a day like today, the people of Turkey and the people of the world must know the suffering of Armenians. People should approach it in a right way. No one should try to exploit this incident ", warns an Armenian.

For the first time, a member of the Turkish Government, the Minister for European Affairs, Volkan Sitistat, attends a memorial service in memory of the victims.

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