Armenian Youth Federation and the United Human Rights Council to Fast at the LA Turkish Consulate

Los Angeles, CA–The Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) and the United Human Rights Council (UHRC) in a joint collaboration will hold a fast in front of the Turkish Consulate from January 2nd-6th. The fast, titled "Fast for Remembrance," aims to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide, phases of the genocide and the genocides that followed. Beginning January 2 at 9am and concluding on January 6 at 5pm, a group of youth activists will give up all food in order to bring attention to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenia’s by Ottoman Turkey, a crime still denied by subsequent Turkish governmen’s. "Our ancestors were forcefully starved for weeks while being beaten, tortured and raped. We are willing to fast for a few days in order to try to educate others about what our people went through during the Armenian Genocide" said Soseh Esmaili, a Fast for Remembrance organizer and faster. "As a member of the UHRC, I understand how important it is to educate people about the Armenian Genocide and all genocides. The clich, ‘history repeats itself’ is true. Due to the fact that the perpetrators of the Armenian genocide went unpunished, it showed future genocide perpetrators that it is ok to try to wipe out an entire race because there will be no repercussions for it," said UHRC member, Marie Ghanime. January 6 will not only mark the end of the fast, it also marks the day that Armenia’s worldwide celebrate Christmas.

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