My great grandfather’s name was Andranik Hambardzumyan. He was originally from Kars – the region of the former Western Armenia – and he was the only Genocide survivor of his family. It has always been hard for me to hear about what happened to him.
According to Andranik, Turks broke into their little house and slaughtered his mother and father and all his siblings. Just like that. He was able to survive because he hid underneath a table.
He was later transported to Armenia’s Gyumri orphanage and further adopted by a man whose last name was Ohanyan. He further got married and had three kids. Unfortunately, he passed away young while fighting in the short war between Finland and the Soviet Union in 1939. He passed away never knowing that the first genocide of the 20th century hadn’t taught the world anything.
Some people ask me why Armenians are so preoccupied with the Genocide topic. “It happened over 100 Years Ago, why not to move on,” I sometimes hear.
And while I understand that people may wonder why to really bother about something that happened more than a century ago, it is hard for me to Explain all the feelings I have.
It is hard for me to explain that there is no single Armenian on this planet whose ancestors haven’t suffered from the Genocide, and forgetting about it, means forgetting them all. It is hard for me to explain that the fact that Armenians were forcefully evicted from their own homes and slaughtered one by one just breaks my heart and soul each time I think about it.
It is hard to explain that the fact that Turkey denies its ancestors’ crimes up to these days just aggravates each and every nerve of my body. Thinking about it often makes me give up on humanity.
It is hard to explain how unfair it seems to me that certain countries join Turkey’s side while seeming to value the political and economic interests more than human rights.
The first genocide of the 20th century must have taught the entire world to do everything possible to prevent the future genocides. Has it? No, it has not. Holocaust, genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur… All the genocides that are happening right now as I am writing this short post…
So, no. I am not going to forget something that happened 103 years ago not only to not allow injustice to win over, but also to reject the current crimes against humanity.
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