/R E P E A T -- Candlelight vigil commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide/

OTTAWA, April 22, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ -

WHAT: To mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, human rights activists from Ottawa and across Canada will gather on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm to hold a vigil in memory of the victims of all genocides that have taken place throughout the past century.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument at Ottawa City Hall (20 Lisgar Street at Elgin)

WHO: Holocaust survivor Dr. Raoul Korngold and Tutsi Genocide survivor Alice Musabende will share their stories of survival and perseverance – outlining the gruesome realities of genocide and the transcending effects it has on future generations.  Several diplomats, including the Ambassador of Russia, Armenia, Uruguay, and Argentina, along with a representative from the Embassy of Italy, will be present.

The Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915, was the planned extermination of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turkey. More than two million Armenians were forcibly taken from their homes and villages, men drafted into and murdered in the Ottoman Turkish army, while women, children and the elderly driven into the Syrian deserts where they were starved, beaten, raped, drowned, or burnt alive.

Founded in 1934, the Armenian Youth Federation of Canada is the largest and most influential Canadian-Armenian youth organization in Canada, working to advance social, political, educational, and cultural awareness among Armenian-Canadian youth.

 

SOURCE Armenian Youth Federation of Canada

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: DARON KESKINIAN, Chairperson, Armenian Youth Federation, 416-670-7965, daronkeskinian@gmail.com

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