The Kataeb party is set to host a ceremony marking the anniversaries of the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon, the Armenian Genocide as well as the Assyrian Genocide.
The commemoration will take place Monday at 18:00 at the Kataeb's headquarters in Saifi.
The event will feature a photographs exhibition, documentaries and a series of lectures presented by:
- Dr. Mark Abu Abdallah on the “geopolitical dimensions of the Ottoman Empire's ties with Middle Eastern minorities”;
- Habib Frem on the “Seyfo genocide, a memory for the future”;
- Dr. Vera Yaacoubian on “the Armenian Genocide, historical obligations and compensations”;
- Dr. Christian Tawtal on “the importance of the Great Famine heritage”;
- Father Estephan Khoury on “the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon in history and conscience”.
The photos and documentaries exhibition will be open to the public from May 7 until May 10, between 9:00 and 16:00.
The Great Famine of 1915-1918, was a period of mass starvation during World War I, leading to an estimation of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in Mount Lebanon while its population at the time was about 400,000, meaning that half of its people died.
The Assyrian or Syriac genocide, also known as Sayfo or Seyfo which means "sword" in Syriac, refers to the mass slaughter of the Syriac Christian population of the Ottoman Empire and those in neighbouring Persia by Ottoman troops during the First World War.
The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire.