100 years ago, the Ottoman government tried to systematically wipe out the Armenian nation.
100 years later, my best friends little sister, Mare Arakelyan, expresses her pain through art. These were displayed at Pepperdine University:
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
Today, 130,000 protestors marched to the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles. Similar marches were held across the world, with Arabs, Kurds, Persians, and Turks marching alongside Armenians.
Turkey failed, miserably.
And I’m glad that all my Armenian friends are here with me.