Now that we’ve been on the road for quite a while, Matias’ body is finally about to give in. We expected more problems actually, as none of us have ever walked across a country before, nor exorcized. But the pain seemed to have been accumulating, and now it reached a point where we were forced to find a solution to the problem. And the solution was to sit down and rest while firing guns.
Right after the first world war the armenian population of the ottoman empire was systematically destroyed. Their people where deported in forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. Between 1 and 1,5 million people were murdered in this massacre, which is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides.
However, due to pressure from Turkey, most countries in the world still don’t recognize it as a genocide, something almost no scholars back them up with.
It is important to recognize this as a genocide, as “the denial of genocide is widely recognized as the final stage of genocide, enshrining impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and demonstrably paving the way for future genocides”(1)
Many of the Armenian Holocaust survivors settled in Lebanon, and we often spend time in their neighborhood in Beirut.