Armenians of Kurdistan Mark 100th Anniversary of the Massacre
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."