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The era of mass murder might be given as a name for the 20th century Never in the history of the world have so many millions of people been deliberately killed since 1900 These millions werent all because of war They were victims of genocide the deliberate killings of racial religious ethnic or political groups The word genocide is from the Greek genos meaningrace or tribe and the Latin cide meaning killing The Armenian Genocide was directed against the residents of Asia Minor by the Turkish government This deliberate slaughter began on April 24 1915 under the cover of World War 1 The number killed are uncertain The lowest is 800000 and the highest more than 2 million First the Armenians in the army were disarmed placed into battalions and then killedThen the Armenian political leaders were rounded up on April 24 1915 and then killedFinally the remaining Armenians were called from thier homes told they would be relocated and then marched off to concentration camps in the desert between Jerablus and Deir ez-Zor where they would starve and thirst to death in the sunOn March often they would be denied food and water and many were brutalized and killed by their guards The authorities in Trezbizond on the Black Sea coast loaded Armenians on barges and sank them out at seaThe Turkish government has denied that this ever happened but this event has been carefully recorded by othersAs I said before the era of mass murder should be given the name of the 20th century This century was when most people for either their race ethnic or religion had been killed purposely From the Jewish Holocaust to the all other genocides Yet there is also a reason why this happened Maybe it was because it was a lesson to show us how easily we are capable of doing such atrocities as this These past genocides also show us how important it is to be
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