Sunday, April 24, 2005

Today I am Armenian

April 24th is the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
In Aleppo, Christians and Armenians hold church services in memory of the 1.5 million people who perished in the first genocide of the twentieth century (1915-1923).
Many stores in Aleppo, especially those located in Armenian quarters such as Sulemanieh and Midan, remain close on this day. Many Non Armenians close their stores as well, in a show of solidarity with the Armenian community in Aleppo, and by doing so, they become themselves “Armenians for a day”.

(It should be noted that, although the majority of those killed in the genocide were Armenians, many Christians from other denominations were also among the victims, and they too fled to Syria during and after the genocide.)

For more info.:
Armenian National Institute

7 Comments:

Blogger Ayman said...

I didn't know that there is such a thoughtful remembrance of the Armenian genocide in Aleppo. Thanks for the information, Rami.

April 24, 2005 9:09 PM  
Blogger Omar said...

I like the website as well, it's very informative

April 24, 2005 9:37 PM  
Blogger Amr Faham said...

you're right Rami, many Assyrians were masscred too, that what most people don't know..

April 25, 2005 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God why, why god, so many dead.
'No Genocide' they say.
Death has spread its cold black breath,
Onto thousands and thousands,
Kids, elderly, men, women.
Humans like animals slain.
Their corpses, in their homes, in deserts and fields.
Rivers of Armenia have turned red.
What was their guilt to deserve such a horrific fate?
Their nationality or religion?

Babies killed innocence still in their eyes,
Separated from their mothers,
Who are raped and killed by Ottoman soldiers.
Many threw themselves into rivers not to give their body.
Many starved to death in deserts.
Many heroes fell in a fight for survival.
All around pyramids of corpses. 1.5 million lives lost.
And in this dark hour, when day turned into night,
When light disappeared from sky,
Innocence, happiness faded into pain, grief, and revenge.
A day became nightmare, life turned into hell.
On this day of April 24, 1915.
And they still say ‘No Genocide',
but we shall never forget.
They wanted to kill one nation in one day.
And when? In the doorstep of 20th century.
And right in front of the civilized world.
Cry Armenia for your sons and daughters,
For their souls still wait for justice after 90 years.

April 26, 2005 6:38 AM  
Blogger End racism said...

"Many Non Armenians close their stores as well, in a show of solidarity with the Armenian community in Aleppo, and by doing so, they become themselves “Armenians for a day”."

Thank you.

And thank you for this entry too.

April 27, 2005 6:36 AM  
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February 05, 2007 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Syrian Armenian living in America for the past 20 years, I must say all these words touched me, I really miss my Syria, my small Armenian community there, my Armenian and Syrian friends.

February 10, 2007 8:08 AM  

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