The Atrocities committed against the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during W.W.I. is called the Armenian Genocide. A genocide is an organized killing of a group of people to put an end to their existence. The Armenian Genocide was planned and administrated by the Turkish government against the entire Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. The genocide was between the years 1915 and 1923 during W.W.I. The Armenians were deported, expropriated, abducted, tortured, killed and starved. A huge part of the Armenian population was forced to move from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria, where the majority was sent into the desert and to die of thirst and hunger. Large numbers of Armenians were massacred throughout the Ottoman Empire.
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The men that were healthy were drafted to help in the war. These men were either instantly killed or worked to death. Now villages and towns, with only women, children, and elderly were left they were systematically emptied. The left over residents would be told to gather to a temporary location and only bring what they could carry. The Armenians obediently followed the Turkish Gendarmes instructions and were led into death marches.
Death marches led across Anatolia, the Armenians were raped, starved, dehydrated, murdered, and kidnapped along the way. The Turkish Gendarmes either led these atrocities or turned a blind eye. Their destination for resettlement was just revealing the Turkish government’s goal to the Syrian Desert. Those who miraculously survived the march would arrive to this empty desert only to be killed upon arrival or to survive until they find a way to escape the empire. Usually those that survived and escaped received assistance from those who have come to be known as “good Turks,” from foreign missionaries who recorded much of these events from the Arabs.
After the World War I ended, the Turkish court concluded that the leaders of the Young Turk government were guilty of murder. This fact has been proven and verified. It maintained that the genocidal scheme was carried out with as much secrecy as possible. The group of men were later executed by Armenians. The Armenian Genocide was condemned at the time