LOS ANGELES–The Armenian Youth Federation and the United Human Rights Council in a joint collaboration Tuesday began a fast in front of the Turkish Consulate. Called "Fast for Remembrance," this effort, which is scheduled to last until Jan. 6, aims to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide, phases of the genocide and genocides that followed. Beginning January 2nd at 9am and concluding on January 6 at 5 p.m., a group of young 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 cliche, ‘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.