Current Crisis - Armenian Genocide 2023
Armenians have been living in the area of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) for thousands of years. Joseph Stalin included Artsakh in the territory of Azerbaijan during the Soviet period. Artsakh declared independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and defeated Azerbaijan in several wars for independence. For 30 years Artsakh has had a democratically elected government, meeting all the requirements for statehood. In 2020, Azerbaijan won a 44 day war against Artsakh, forcing Artsakh to concede over half of its land. In December of 2022, breaking the peace agreement, Azerbaijan blocked the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia. For over 9 months, very little food, medicine, supplies, gas, electricity were able to get to the 120,000 people of Artsakh. For over 2 months, a complete blockade was enforced, not even allowing the International Red Cross to deliver aid or transport the sick. On September 19, 2023 Azerbaijan's dictator Ilham Aliyev ordered missile attacks on Artsakh, bombing civilian areas, massacring villages, raping and torturing men, women and children - committing the Armenian Genocide of 2023. Artsakh had no choice but to surrender its government, defense army and land. Today, thousands of refugees are leaving everything they own, their houses, businesses, graves of loved ones, centuries of culture and heritage to escape genocide and oppression by Azerbaijan.
What can you do to help?
1. Please consider donating to help the genocide refugees - link to donation sites - far's ayo, etc.
2. Please contact your US Senators and Representatives to send aid and sanction Azerbaijan.
3. Learn about the Armenian Genocide and educate others.
4. Stand up for human rights - be an Upstander, not a Bystander.
5. Be informed and care about human rights. Read world news reports, follow human rights organizations.
Gen Ed – www.genocideeducation.org
Lemkin institute - www.lemkininstitute.com
Armenian National Committee of America - www.anca.org & www.marchtojustice.org
Armenian Assembly - www.armenian-assembly.org
DHHRM – www.dhhrm.org
THGAAC – www.thgaac.texas.org
Human Rights Watch - www.hrw.org
All educational programs brought to you and are generously sponsored by St. Sarkis Armenian Church of DFW, and the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC).