Genocide Essay

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Genocide, the deliberate killing of a large group, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. Genocides have been happening for more than a century, the first genocide being the attempted annihilation of the Herero by the Germans in South West Africa from 1904 to 1907. Since then at least thirty genocides have happened since accounting for 4,000 deaths at the least, to 17,000,000 million deaths at the highest (List of Genocides). The second known genocide was carried out by the Turks against the Armenians in Turkey 1915. The Armenian Genocide was a result of hatred, and fear of losing power by the Turks, resulting in the lives of millions of innocent people. The Armenian Genocide was carried out by the new government called…show more content…
If they weren't sent on death marches the turks would tortured the innocent Armenians in any other way imaginable. According to an article written by CNN it is reported that the victims were killed by “mass burnings. drowning, torture, gas, poison, disease and starvation. Children were reported to have been loaded into boats, taken out to sea and thrown overboard. Rape, too, was frequently reported” (Melvin). But that wasn't the only way there are also pictures of Ottoman soldiers posing with severed heads and according to a website called armenian-genocide.org much of the armenian population was sent to the syrian desert to die of thirst and hunger (Melvin). The young turks wanted any trace of the armenians demolished. The Armenian Republic was crying for help from the allied forces, which included Great Britain, France, and Soviet Union, but the forces did little to help them. The one thing the forces did was give a warning to Turkey saying “the Allied governments announce publicly that they will hold all the members of the Ottoman Government, as well as such of their agents as are implicated, personally responsible for such matters” (The Armenian Genocide). The warning had no effect. The Armenians were left for dead. So one of the first genocides in history was in full effect. Although there is many examples to prove the Armenian Genocide actually happened, “Turkish government has denied

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