In honor and remembrance of the Armenian Genocide/100th Anniversary

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Alexandra Avakian

For the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24th!

The Turks committed their many rapes, torture, thefts, starving, and massacres of Armenians not only in Turkey, but in in Syria where they marched them through the desert. Syria was under Ottoman control at the time.

I had to document some of these Armenian Genocide sites secretly, as it was a forbidden subject there at the time. Thanks to a grant from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, a top Syrian diplomat, two genocide experts, an Armenian-Syrian driver and a tailor who hid me in his home, I was able to spend three days on this project. People I visited were later questioned by local government spies but were told I was a Canadian looking for relatives. I left the country quickly and from a Aleppo instead of Damascus.

In these photos:

Der Zor Armenian Genocide Memorial Church, which was destroyed by rebels in the current civil war taking place in Syria.

Der Zor was a major Genocide site.

Aleppo was also destroyed in the ongoing civil war, including the church in the Aleppo photos.

Aleppo was a major survivor home for nearly 100 years until the civil war.

Many of the sites in these photos have been destroyed or damaged in Syria's current civil war, including those locations I photographed in Der Zor and Aleppo. The others are at risk constantly, as battle lines shift.

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