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Assyrians running for recognition Assyrian Genocide 1915
Assyrische Jongeren Federatie - 18-05-04


Zondag 16 mei 2004
In Enschede (Holland) there is an annual marathon where people from all over the world participate. More then ten thousand runners ran and over one hundred thousand spectators turned up to watch the marathon. The Assyrian Youth Federation of Holland took the opportunity to give attention to the Assyrian Genocide. A large group of Assyrians ran for the good cause. They all wore t-shirts with ‘Turkey should recognise the Assyrian genocide of 1915’ on the front. And on the back: ‘Never again Assyrian Genocide’. Over 18 years old run the half marathon (21 km), less than 18 years old run 10 km. There was a lot of media present and we talked with the national radio and the national newspapers. People were interested in the flags and the t-shirts and they asked “who the Assyrians are”. Best of all was the Assyrian flag hanging above all these people. And if the run wasn’t hard enough they kept the flag with them and held it high to the sky!...

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