28. 1915: Armenian Genocide
Between 1915 and 1917, Armenian people were systematically exterminated by the Ottoman Empire. In the first phase of the massacre, able-bodied men were rounded up through rouses (they believed they were donating their firearms to the war cause) and were imprisoned or killed. Due to the closeness of the WWI front, the remaining Armenians were told that they being moved to safety and asked to leave their villages. Throughout their deportation, they were persecuted, executed, and starved on their way to ‘safety’. The Armenian Holocaust saw the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians on Death Marches across the country. To this day, the Turkish government does not acknowledge that it was a genocide.
27. 1970: A Female IRA Member
By 1970, The Troubles or the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland was just getting started. In August 1969, the Battle of the Bogside, a Republican stronghold, took place. British Troops were deployed to Northern Ireland in its wake. Though this woman is nameless, she was one of the thousands of IRA fighters who decided to take the violent route to gain equal civil rights. The IRA were responsible for several bombing campaigns in the UK as well as being targeted by the British or Unionists. The Good Friday Agreement was not reached until 1998, it restored self-government in Northern Ireland on the basis of power-sharing with the UK. Tensions still run high in Northern Ireland, though the conflict has eased and taken a back seat in recent years.