The genocide I chose was the Armenian Genocide. This genocide was between the Armenians and the Turks. This was the first genocide of the 20th century. The word genocide did not exist in 1915 when the Armenians were being massacred and forced on death marches. The term “genocide” was made up by Raphael Lemkin in 1943. In April of 1915, the Ottoman government started the killings of the civilian Armenian population.
In 1915, the Armenian population of the Ottoman State was reported at about two million. An estimated one million had perished by 1918, while others had become homeless and stateless refugees. By 1923, nearly the whole entire Armenian population disappeared. Armenians were killed by Muslim Turkey in the inhumane, evil and brutal ways. Infants were thrown in rivers or caught by a spear.
Pregnant women had their bellies sliced opened to determine the sex of the unborn child. Church leaders were locked in churches and burned alive. Armenians that were not killed were put on a death march without food or anything to eat through the mountains and deserts. Most people died on the death marches. The people that survived had to march to the south, where it was even hotter and eventually died because of no food and water.
I believe this genocide occurred because the Armenians were Christian and the Turks practiced Islam, so they discriminated against Non-Islam’s. Before the genocide occurred the Armenians had to pay discriminatory taxes and were denied on any participation in the government. Another reason I believe this event occurred was because the Turks wanted the Armenians land. The Turks already dominated land across West Asia, North Africa, and Southeast Europe, and the Armenians did not want the Turks taking their land.
This genocide could have definitely been prevented. A lot of allies failed to protect the Armenians, which is a major embarrassment to them. To this day Turkey denies the Armenian genocide ever happened and teaches their children to...