11 FACTS ABOUT THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
During World War I, the Young Turks political reform movement moved to eliminate the Armenian people from the Ottoman Empire.
Of the 2 million total Armenians, 1.5 million were killed.
The Armenian people were tortured, massacred, and starved. The majority were sent into the desert to die of thirst and hunger.
Many were forcibly removed from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria.
The Armenian Genocide took place from 1915 to 1918, with renewed instances of brutality occurring between 1920 and 1923.
By 1923, the Armenian population had been completely eliminated from Asia Minor and historic West Armenia.
April 24 is commemorated as the date of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
The genocide started when 300 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers, and professionals in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) were collected, deported, and killed. 5,000 of the poorest Armenians were also slaughtered in their homes and the streets.
The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted in 1948, 30 years after the Armenian Genocide.
Most Armenians in the US are children and grandchildren of survivors.
The Young Turk government restricted the use of photography and reporting, but many American missionaries and diplomatic representatives witnessed the deportations and broke the news outside of the country.
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