From 1915 – 1923, some 1.5 million Christians were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turkish Muslims, which they witnessed.
Herald Standard As a candidate for president, Obama repeatedly vowed to recognize the Armenian genocide once in office, vowing “a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide.” But since 2009, Obama has declined to use the words “Armenian Genocide” in the face of furious resistance from Turkey, a supposed NATO ally.
In a written statement, Obama said the 1915 killings of some 1.5 million Armenians represent “one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.” But year after year, he refuses to use the word “genocide” to describe it.
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