Celebrities to Read ‘100 Seconds’ of Armenian Genocide Testimonies

General Director of VivaCell-MTS Ralph Yirikian, the Armenian President's Chief of Staff Vigen Sargsyan, and Director of MediaMax Ara Tadevosyan announcing the launch of the '100 Seconds' project. March 23, 2015. (Photo: Armenpress)


YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The dissemination of individual stories about the Armenian Genocide is of special significance in commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Secretary of Armenia’s State Commission on Coordination of the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centenial and Chief of Staff of the President of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan, said Monday during an event marking the launch of a project called “100 Seconds,” being carried out my MediaMax and VivaCell-MTS. Sargysan said first-hand stories show how every Armenian village, family and community was subject to the crime of genocide.

The presentation of the project based on eyewitness accounts of the Armenian Genocide released by the National Archives of Armenia was held at Komitas Museum-Institute on March 23. Various renowned people from different countries, including actors, writers, musicians and others have been offered to read excerpts from those testimonies for 100 seconds. There are 24 video clips, which will be shown every day until April 23rd.

Sargsyan mentioned that the commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide is hinged on four pillars: remembrance, gratitude, struggle, and rebirth.

“The main goal of the project is to draw the attention of mankind to the horrible sufferings that the Armenians underwent a century ago. It’s not easy to read and listen to those testimonies, but the more people are shocked by what they hear, the greater the likelihood that they will do everything they can to prevent future genocides,” Director of MediaMax Ara Tadevosyan said.

General Director of VivaCell-MTS Ralph Yirikian said the project is a message to the civilized world to remember and condemn the Armenian Genocide.

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