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Teach genocide!Teach genocide! Kurdistan and Hayastan - Hand in Hand: May 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

PKK in Artsakh (Armenia)?

Interesting article about the possible PKK involvment in the Artsakh (Ngorno-Karabakh).

The author of the article is Stephen Blank, professor at the US Army War College.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Onnik Krikorian

Onnik Krikorian is a journalist and photojournalist of Armenian and English descent. Born in Portsmouth, England, he has been resident of the Republic of Armenia since 1998 and works extensively in the country as well as the Republic of Georgia.

Prior to that, he worked on the Kurds in Turkey, the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, and also specializes in the Yezidi/Kurdish community in Armenia. He has also been prolific in covering issues such as poverty and children deprived of parental care in Armenia and Georgia and writes extensively on this subject.

Gohar Saroava, a Moslem Kurd, helps a Yezidi child prepare for a cultural event, Shamiram, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2004

His articles and photographs have been published by The Los Angeles Times, New Internationalist, The Scotsman, Transitions Online, Middle East Insight, Oneworld.net, EurasiaNet, The Institute for War & Peace Reporting, New York University Press, UNICEF, Amnesty International, The Armenian Weekly, and Armenian Forum among others. He has also worked as a stringer for Transitions Online and Fox News.

Ortachiya, Aragatsotn Region, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2006

He maintains a blog of constantly updated photography, articles, commentary, news and links from the South Caucasus and is the Caucasus Editor for Global Voices. He is also the Volunteer Country Editor for Armenia at Oneworld.net.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

"I am the the only survivor from the Genocide"

Mehmet Nurî Aga having a smoke and sharing the story of his life with some relatives

Mehmet Nurî Aga was a man of Armenian-Kurdish origin and survived the Christian genocide in Ottoman empire 1915.

Mehmet said to the photographer that "I am the the only survivor from the Genocide". He never meet his father because he was hanged in Diyarbakir before his mother Siranoush Xanim gave birth to Mehmet.

He was a very proud man and often refered to himself as a left over from the genocide, even if he was loaded with pride, he often cried when he told stories.
The farm he owned was handed down from his mother Siranoush so Mehmet spent all of his time working hard on the farm like an ordinary local Kurdish peasent even if he was a nobleman both from his mothers side and from his fathers side.

The dengbêj songs (single accappella complain song) he shared with his relatives and friends was one of a kind, it is said that the pain he was singing about was something very present when he perfomed for his guests.

Mehmet Nurî Aga


Freedom for Gokhan Ok (16), Servan Yilmaz (16), and Veysel Mamuk (16)


Last year, on October 3, 2007, theYenisehir Municipality Children Chorus that consists of 15 children between the ages of 12 to 17, performed folk songs in eight different languages –Assyrian, Armenian, Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Turkish, and Kurdish- during the World Music Festival in California. One of the songs sung by the Children Chorus was the Kurdish national anthem "Ey Raqip" (Hey Guard). "Ey Raqip" was written by the Kurdish poet Dildar (1917-1948), in 1938, while in prison in south Kurdistan.

When the group went back to Turkey, all of its 15 members were interrogated and the prosecutors filed a case against three of them (Gokhan Ok (16), Servan Yilmaz (16), and Veysel Mamuk (16)) for singing "Ey Raqip" under the Kurdish flag. They are facing charges for spreading separatist propaganda under article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law. The case will be heard by High Criminal Court on June 19, 2008. Children face up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty of these charges.


Azadiya Welat - "Kurds and Armenians"

Todays Azadiya Welat about Kurds and Armenians, the article is about the Armenians living in Turkey and the Armenian genocide in 1915 along with the Kurdish history.