Ravished Armenia (1918):: The story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian girl, who lived through the great massacres by Aurora Mardiganian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was a difficult read, a really harrowing account of the brutality of Turks and Kurds upon the gentle race of Armenians as part of unacknowledged Armenian genocide during WWI. Nothing much has since changed in that God forsaken place as is evident from the recent Yazidi massacrers. It’s so depressing to see that how these religious ideologies turn human beings into beast and in fact make them behave worse than animals. There are incidents captured in this disturbing tale which are beyond the imagination of a sane person but then religious fanaticism knows no bounds and can push anybody to the depths of depravity. Nothing seems to be working against this kind of Islamic extremism, same sordid tale is being repeated even after 100 years in Syria against Yazidis or against Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir who just like Armenians were pushed out of their ancient homelands. Same merciless killings were noticed in Bangladesh where 2 million Hindus were summarily executed just because they belonged to a different ideology. Time has come to eradicate this menace of religious fanaticism from human society so that humans can finally live in harmony with each other and not cut each other throats over petty differences like which ‘god’ to follow or
which ‘book’ to read.