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"We Will Never Forget" the Ethnic Cleansing at the Hands of the Kurds

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"WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF ARABS & ASSYRIANS AT THE HANDS OF KURDISH MILITIAS"

Walking along the Straight Street in Old Damascus last night, Laith Marouf speaks on Damascus' ancient history, abundant everywhere one looks-even the "stones" people are sitting on.

But also, do listen from ~3:00 when we reach the martyrs garden that (quoting Laith):

"commemorates the genocide of the Syriac Canaanites by the Kurdish militias under the order of the Ottoman Turks, in what is now part of Turkey but was part of Syria"

So when people speak to us here in Syria about the imaginary Rojova land, we will never forget that there was an ethnic cleansing of Arabs and Assyrians from our lands at the hands of Kurdish militias under the order of the Ottomans."

"This is a monument to the 1915 genocide of Syriac Assyrians, its around the same time as the Armenian genocide.

Syria is full of Armenians, it's where Armenians came and hid. My family is from Deir ez Zor. The first land that Armenians escaping genocide reached, a safe place, was Deir ez Zor.

My great grandparents hid a lot of Armenian families from the Kurdish militias that were coming into Deir ez Zor to look for Armenians that were escaping."




'WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF ARABS & ASSYRIANS AT THE HANDS OF KURDISH MILITIAS'
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Republished from Eva Bartlett In Gaza:  Eva is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine. She is a recipient of the International Journalism Award for International Reporting. Visit her personal (more...)
 

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