Billboard campaign and demonstration in Hasakah, North and East Syria, demands international recognition for 1915 Sayfo Genocide

HASAKAH, Syria — In a display of solidarity and remembrance, the Tadmurto Organization for Development and Community Cohesion and the Peace and Civil Society Center organized a solemn gathering in Hasakah, North and East Syria. The event paid tribute to the victims of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide, which inflicted profound suffering upon the Armenian, Greek, and Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) peoples.

In front of the Sayfo Genocide Monument in Al-Syrian Square at the heart of the Nasira neighborhood, a demonstration of unity unfolded at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Commencing with the lighting of candles, participants observed a minute of silence in honor of the Sayfo martyrs.

An address shed light on the tragic events of the Sayfo Genocide, a dark chapter in history perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Christian peoples of the region. Institutions affiliated with the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) joined the ranks of participants, lending their voices to the cause.

Signifying their unwavering support, attendees affixed their signatures to a petition, collectively advocating for recognition of the genocide and its historical significance. As the gathering drew to a close, attendees sang songs evoking the memories and enduring significance of the Sayfo Genocide.

Last week, billboards were erected around the city calling for the recognition of the genocide.