Tag: War

Remembering 100 Years Ago Today

World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Ten million soldiers died. Countless millions of civilians died. Lest we forget.

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Being in a Siege: Marash 1920 and Mosul 2017

Mosul 2017

What is it like to be in a siege? We have an inkling of what civilians in Mosul today are experiencing, thanks to diaries and reports of relief workers almost 100 years ago.

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The Terrible Heartbreak of War: Syria April 2017 and Vimy April 1917

Mother Canada at Vimy

War never occurs without heartbreak. In April 2017 it was the terrible gas attack on civilians in Syria. In April 1917 it was the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers at Vimy.

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WWI Labour Battalions: Black Canadians and Armenian Ottomans

Canadas Black Battalion WWI

Neither black Canadians nor Armenian Ottomans were trusted to bear arms in WWI. Could it have had something to do with their racial heritage?

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Australian Nurses in the NER

Australian nurse poster 1914

Did you know that Australians not only participated in the infamous WWI Gallipoli Campaign, but witnessed the genocides, and gave humanitarian aid to the survivors?

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The “Usual Business of Destruction and Murder” in Nicomedia

Nicomedia battle

How world-weary does one have to be to call destruction and murder “the usual business”? The motto of this Scottish nurse seemed to be Keep Calm and Carry On.

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Recovery from Sex Slavery in 1917 and 2017

recovery from sex slavery

Aurora Mardiganian and Farida Khalaf were kidnapped during genocide, and taken into slavery in 1917 and 2017 respectively. Could they ever really recover from physical, emotional and sexual abuse?

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Silent Night: Christmas Eve 1914

Silent Night: Daily Mirror photo of German and British soldiers Christmas Eve 1914

In many parts of the Western Front of WWI, there were no guns, no killing, on Christmas Eve 1914. It was truly a silent night. A blessed night that renews my faith in humanity.

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Aleppo Falls: “Never Again,” We Say Again

Aleppo falls

The evacuation of innocent civilians is once again delayed. Bombs continue to fall and people continue to die. And we continue to say, Never Again.

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We Talk Lazy Talk: The Dangers of Generalization

ABCFM missions in Turkey

Our choice of language affects our relationships, for better or worse. Examine the specifics and generalizations used about Turks, Russians, Armenians, and Americans in Erzroom.

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Glossary on Genocidal Period of Ottoman Empire

Where in the World? plus map of Near East for glossory

Is the term Syrian or Assyrian? Why did the Armenian genocide did not occur in Armenia, nor the Greek genocide in Greece? Confused? Check out this brief glossary.

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On the Ground: Siege of Aleppo like Bombardment of Marash

Trench Warfare in Turkey circa 1920 with Red Cross symbol

The diary of a Red Cross nurse gives us a glimpse into what the siege of a city must feel like. Aleppo falls today as Marash did in 1920.

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Aleppo’s Baron Hotel Helps Refugees in 1916 and 2016

Baron Hotel, Aleppo 2010

The owners of the Baron Hotel in Aleppo helped Armenian and Assyrian refugees in 1916. They are helping refugees in the war-torn city today.

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Welcome to my “Grit and Grace” Blog

13 Near East Relief Workers at Talas, Turkey, circa 1920.

Why should we care about the destruction of an evil empire and the great humanitarian efforts of a hundred years ago? Read my blog regularly to find out.

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