BY CHRISTINE FARAJIAN
It is distressful when I think of the idea of Armenians living in Turkey. It most certainly must be more devastating for our people to be there, than for many of us living at other parts of the world outside of our very own, Armenia.
Living in Turkey, working in Turkey, making a life and trying to survive in Turkey is undoubtfully and must be excruciatingly painful for our fellow Armenians. However, for all the reasons that they have chosen that route, they have done so for their survival. Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that the Turkish Government will “expel” the Armenian immigrants living in Turkey, the country they unfortunately have become accustomed to and have been living to survive for many years. They have done so for their own survival and have been an asset to the Republic of Turkey, which apparently Mr Erdogan doesn’t recognize. Not recognizing the obvious and the facts is a trend with the prime minister and the Turkish government.
My message to the Prime Minister is the following and it comes with many questions that may be forever unanswered, because Turkish officials have a difficult time facing the real history of their ancestors. Why not recognize the Armenian Genocide which wiped out most of the Armenian inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire and it is the core reason behind the many Armenians living in the Diaspora? Why not give back the lands that you are currently holding hostage? Let us have our Ararat, Van, Moush, Sassoun, and all of our lands that you so cowardly recognize as Turkey. Give them back and no Armenian will ever step foot in your Turkey again. When will we, the Armenians, stop demanding? When will we pack our bags and move to our own homeland where we dream of raising our children to become the next Baruyr Sevag, Siamanto, Raffi and Shiraz. The list goes on Mr. Prime Minister. They may be dead but their message, their bravery and their charisma lives in each and every one of us wherever we may be living at the moment, even in Turkey. Even there, where my fellow brothers and sisters can not speak of the barbaric government they live under.
Therefore, Mr. Prime Minister, before you dare to make such a statement, I challenge you to be brave enough and admit that yes your ancestors were involved in genocidal acts against their Armenian subject and yes, you are holding some of the Armenian’s ancestral lands as hostage. Make no mistake that Armenians will live on and as the infamous words written by William Saroyan read; “Try to destroy them, but if two of them should meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a new Armenia.”
We’ve survived Mr. Erdogan. Therefore, in or out of Turkey, we will continue to survive, we will not stop demanding for what is rightfully ours, we will eventually get our historical lands back and finally we will build a more prosperous, unified Armenia. This much is a promise from my people.