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Genocide in photos: armed Armenian mother with liberated son


Armeniangenocide100.org writes: The history of the Armenian Genocide was recorded with tens of thousands of documents, including diplomatic reports, witness’ testimonies, memoirs and survivors’ oral stories.
Besides, pictures by Armenian and foreign photographers during the Genocide convey exceptional factual evidence. New photos still keep emerging year after year, proving the fact of the Armenian Genocide and its consequences. The Armenian Genocide Museum Institute gathered photos depicting the Armenian Genocide in a book, titled “100 photo stories on the Armenian Genocide,” and ArmenianGenocide100.org will regularly present them.
An Armenian woman from Catak, Tankik, is depicted in the photo: she managed to save her son from Kurds’ abduction attempt with a weapon in her hands.
To protect their children and honor, the Armenian women had to sometimes take up arms and resist the enemies.
This photo symbolizes the Armenian women’s heroic image.
Armenians, especially women and children were constantly subjected to persecutions and violence by Ottoman officials, Kurds and the Muslim population. They were often abducted and sold in various slave markets around the Empire.
Cruel pressure and trafficking, impunity of Kurds’ attacks, religious fanaticism, police and administrative lawlessness made Armenians more vulnerable, with legally inferior status. All this resulted in complaints, protests, and, in some cases, armed resistance among Armenians.
“The Sublime Porte engages to realize without further delay, the ameliorations and the reforms demanded by local requirements in the provinces inhabited by the Armenians, and to guarantee their security against the Kurds and the Circassians. The Sublime Porte will periodically render account of the measures taken with this intent to the Powers who will supervise them.”

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