Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-10-17 01:25:51 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — As violence reignited between the Caucasian countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan, a group of Las Vegas gathered on Friday to promote peace throughout the region.
While dozens of Armenian Americans were mourning for their homeland, the sound of grief echoed over 7,000 miles.
“For us, the silence of the world is deafening,” said Lena Hovanesian, Co-Chair of Nevada, the Armenian National Commission in the United States.
“We Armenians are worried about our homeland,” Hovanesian added. “About our people over there, and that this can really cause global problems.”
This situation has arisen from decades of tension as the two countries vie for control of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is located in Azerbaijan, but has been under the control of indigenous Armenians since the end of the Separatist War in the mid-1990s.
“They are bombing civilians, churches and schools,” explained local Armenian advocate Ani Garrickson. “And they need to be held accountable.”
Hundreds of people have died since the recent explosion began at the end of September, but Armenian Americans in Nevada are only worried that thousands of other people are at risk. Is not. They are also concerned about the threat of repeated history.
“For our community, it’s reminiscent of the 1915 Armenian Genocide,” explained Hovanesian. “Committed by Ottoman Turkey.”
That’s why we’re calling for intervention from local governments and national governments.
“We want Senators and House members to influence policy changes,” Hovanesian said. “The White House and the State Department to stop what’s happening.”
They added that they would use their passion and power here at home to inspire them to change the distant world.
“We are stronger than Turkey and stronger than Azerbaijan,” Garrickson concludes. “And together we can stand up.”
The Church of the Apostolic Church of St. Geragos Armenia has raised $ 600,000. It is aimed at humanitarian activities in Armenia.
Click here for more information on the Armenian National Committee of America.