As the Armenian Commemoration on April 24 approaches, it is imperative for all citizens to be informed about the “Forgotten Genocide,” where almost 1.5 million Armenians perished. Being enrolled in a Terrorism and Genocide class has opened my eyes to many atrocities, the Armenian genocide being one.
One thing reiterated in my class is Fr. Richard Rohr’s quote “Pain that is not transformed is transmitted.” This seems to compliment the upcoming commemoration where so many individuals are still hurting and angry due to lack of acknowledgement of the genocide.
I recently read Rory Appleton article “Fresno Armenian leaders praise Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of genocide,” (www.fresnobee.com, April 12). One thing that struck a chord with me was the use of Berj Apkaran’s comment on how the “denial of the Armenian genocide is the foundation for current and future generations.” This is pivotal; if we do not recognize one of the greatest tragedies to mankind during the 20th Century, it allows similar events to occur. The focus on Pope Francis’ remarks was emphasized as well as controversy they provoked. It is important to spread the word, not only about the atrocity but how people react and respond to it.
Chantel Castaneda, Merced