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OPINION

Letter: Armenian genocide won’t be forgotten

Throughout April, Armenians worldwide have commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government — exterminating and ethnic cleansing of one and a half million innocent men, women, children. They were uprooted and torn from their ancestral homeland.

I never got to meet my grandfather, an educated, successful export merchant of pistacio nuts and furs buried in an unmarked grave, who was only one of the innocent victims of these tragic, unspeakable, and horrendous mass murders — which the Turkish government denies to this day.

The great late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream.” The Armenian people also have a dream: for the world to know and become aware of this ethnic cleansing, cold-blooded murders, and systematic attempted annihilation of the Armenian nation by the Ottoman Turkish Government, and demand justice for these heinous crimes against humanity — no matter how long it takes. To demand anything less would be an injustice to the sufferings and losses of the Armenian victims of genocide, and to any and all victims of any genocide, regardless of nationality, race, or religious beliefs.

My mother, along with hundreds and hundreds of other young children, ended up in an orphanage. The anger and frustration of succeeding generations of Armenians who endured, survived, and relived the true stories (many documented by The Zoryan Institute in Massachusetts) with their children and grandchildren, who witnessed their tears and sadness, will never be forgotten.

Margaret Lafian, Southfield