The Forgotten Genocide

1915 – One of the most important years in the history of the Assyrian Nation.

There are three Assyrian words we usually use for for the Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918. The Seyfo, Ferman and Kafle. Seyfo means sword. The sword of Islam and the way people get killed by the Turkish army and Kurdish troops. Farman means order. Order of the government. And Kafle means deportation.
During the First World War hundreds of thousands of Christian Assyrians in the Ottoman Empire were murdered during the rule of the extremist Young Turks. The “Ittihat ve Terakki Partisi” (The Society for Union and Progress) was the political organization of the Ottoman Empire during this period whose aim was to establish a uniform society made up of one flag, one belief, one nation and one language.

Before 1915, 33% of the inhabitants of Turkey were Christian (Assyrians, Armenian, Pontus Greeks). Today, only 0.1% remains, a number which includes several thousand Assyrians.

We, the Assyrians, demand attention for all the sufferings our people have undergone, and demand that the world, including Turkey, also recognizes the events that occurred during the First World War. Without acknowledgement from Turkey, but instead excuses directed against the recognition of the genocide, Turkey should not be allowed to become a full member of the European Union.
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