Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24: Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

A week ago I got home from Yerevan, Armenia. I was there on a missions week, serving with the local Christian student movement. I gave a training on friendship evangelism and then gave a talk during one of the nights at the Club, a famous place for students in Yerevan. I spoke on the Price of Success and had a good interaction with the students afterwards.

Today is April 24th, day of commemoration of the victims of the 1915 genocide against Armenians in 1915. During this Armenian holocaust, almost 2 mln. Armenians were systematically exterminated by the Ottoman government. Their only fault was that their historic homeland happened to be in a territory constituting the present day Turkey.

Today all Armenians (total population within Armenia less than 3 mln.) go to the Genocide Monument in Yerevan and lay a flower. Each person is allowed to lay only one flower. By the evening, after more than a million people would have come to show their respect to the victims, by the altar there would be a huge mount of flowers.

When I visited the monument and museum of genocide, there came a group of school children. They laid their flowers to the altar and started citing poems by famous Armenian poets, taking turns one after another, all of them. I asked my Armenian friend, who was my tour guide: "Do they do it because they are told or because they really want to?" Her answer was: "Both".

They know, but few people in the world know of this terrible crime. Only 21 countries in the world have recognized the genocide. Bulgaria, who's suffered so much from the same country, hasn't either... It is high time we did it. Sooner or later, truth will triumth!

God bless Armenia!