On Wednesday November 8th 2017, the Reflections of War Initiative hosted their first major presentation titled Genocides Unrecognized. It took place in the Ruth S Harley University Center at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. In this particular scholarly event, the co-founders of the Initiative discussed genocides that are not universally recognized, for political and unsavory reasons. The genocides included the Armenian, Assyrian, Greek, and Native American Genocide, along with the crumbling situations in Syria and Yemen today.
"Genocides like these are forgotten throughout time, and because of this, no one knows about them. This leads to humanity making the same mistakes over and over when we do not learn from our past," Raphaela Stan stated, who is behind the successful events of the Initiative. "Hundreds of thousands to possibly millions of Native Americans were killed by diseases and warfare, yet their plight is rarely talked about in schools in America. Over 750,000 Assyrians were killed by the Ottoman Empire and their conspirators, which constitutes 3/4ths of their population at that time, yet this genocide is rarely discussed. One million Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians were also killed by the Turkish Ottomans but no one talks about their horrors" Julian McBride stated. "If there was more dialogue and more education in school systems, it would be a step in the right direction for recognition."
"At the end of they day, it takes world governments to recognized the traumatic experiences of these people, and not to downgrade it as "horrible massacres. It's time to start calling it what it should be called: genocide," Raphaela added.
During the event, a panel discussion was held with the co-founders, who timely answered all questions that the audience had. Assyrian, Greek, Armenian, and Arabic food was also served to give the audience at Adelphi a cultural experience, that they would never forget.
History was always written by the victors, this time, history will be written by the victims.