Ar­me­ni­ans of Kur­dis­tan Mark 100th An­niver­sary of the Massacre

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Sh­van B. Ra­sool

Ar­me­ni­ans of Kur­dis­tan mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­me­nian massacre. They at the same time em­pha­size the im­por­tance of co­ex­is­tence and brotherhood be­tween the com­po­nents of the so­ci­ety. The Ar­me­ni­ans ask the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Kur­dish Par­lia­ment to rec­og­nize the atroc­i­ties as an act of geno­cide like the other 23 coun­tries in the world.

Br­want Nisan Markos, a Kur­dish MP from the Ar­me­nian bloc stated that they’ve pre­pared a bill on which 49 MPs have al­ready signed and is pre­sented to the Par­lia­ment Pres­i­dency and the Min­istry of Mar­tyrs and An­fal Af­fairs so that the massacre of Ar­me­ni­ans will be of­fi­cially rec­og­nized.

Br­want, him­self is the grand­child of one of the vic­tims, said that his grand­fa­ther was 9 when he fled Turkey alone to Zakho, “a gen­er­ous fam­ily of the city shel­tered him, my grand­fa­ther was a refugee on his own, he didn’t know any­thing about his par­ents and rel­a­tives, whether they were killed or had died of hunger."

Most of the Ar­me­ni­ans of Kur­dis­tan are set­tling in Duhok and Zakho, they have four churches. Their old­est church is in Zakho. They’re plan­ning to build the big­gest church in Er­bil too.

“It’s im­por­tant for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to rec­og­nize the massacre, be­cause this proves yet again that Kurds are a peo­ple who love peace and are against the geno­cide of any na­tion. They them­selves have been sub­jected to geno­cide.” says Markos. “It’s im­por­tant for Ar­me­ni­ans to see their tragedy is rec­og­nized as geno­cide by any na­tion or coun­try.”

Around 3500 Ar­me­ni­ans live in Kur­dis­tan, the ma­jor­ity of them live in the city of Zakho and vil­lages of Awzrik and Havrisk.

Saeed Zar­van, a his­to­rian from Zakho, said, "the night Ar­me­ni­ans ar­rived in Zakho, they were set­tled in one of the di­vans, when they heard the sounds of bells of the Church, and they woke each other up say­ing that they’d ar­rived in a city where there is free­dom of reli­gion."

Vaz­gin Ayrik, said "since the mo­ment of my ar­rival in Zakho, the thing I like most is Kur­dish friend­ship." He’s speak­ing with a Zakhoyi ac­cent. “I’m from Zakho, we used to live in a Mus­lim neigh­bor­hood as the only non-Mus­lim fam­ily, but no one ever said any­thing or even asked about our reli­gion."

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