Friday, June 03, 2005

Genocide Memorial and Museum

Friday there was a Birthright Armenia orientation for many of the new volunteers who have arrived in the past week. I decided to tag along because I hadn’t been formally “oriented” and the group was going to the Genocide Memorial and Museum. I really enjoyed the museum and I am further baffled how Turkey can deny the Genocide. There is an incredible amount of documentation in the museum from all different countries. It is frustrating…Turkey recently cancelled an unbiased, academic discussion that was going to take place in Istanbul. The justice minister said the Turkish organizers were “stabbing Turkey in the back.” How is that for democracy in action?

On the topic of genocide, I would encourage people to read about what is going on in Darfur, Sudan. Nicholas Kristof has covered the subject extensively and has listed a variety of web sites and ways to help. Even just sending an automated letter to the white house, your senators and congressmen may help. This article is particularly disturbing.


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