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Descendant of Khojaly Genocide Survivors Speaks Out

Massacre of 613 Azerbaijanis recounted outside UN

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“This was one of the bloodiest genocides in the 20th century, yet the international community has not recognized it.” (Photo: azernews.az)

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Near the headquarters of United Nations in Vienna, Austria, hundreds of members of the Azerbaijani Diaspora gathered earlier in the week to protest how the United Nations stood by, watched and did nothing, as the Armenians massacred 613 innocent Azerbaijani men, women and children for the crime of being Azerbaijani in the town of Khojaly in February 1992.  

The crowds chanted systematically: “Karabakh is Azerbaijani,” “Justice for Khojaly,” “stop Armenian terror” and numerous other slogans. They also held up signs referencing not only the UN’s incompetence related to the Khojaly Genocide but also related to how the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran. The crowd stayed there for four hours, despite the bitter cold and the snow.

A number of foreign guests arrived just to have the honor of protesting against the United Nation’s ineptitude. One of the people to speak was Akhan Sadikhov, an Azerbaijani studying in Poland, who told me in an exclusive interview: “I was born in 1997.  I was living in a small town near Ganja that is an internally displaced person camp. I left the camp for the first time when I was 17. I came to Baku for my BA.  After my degree, I came to Europe to do my masters and I graduate in one month.  My family is from Khojaly. My father and mother were from there.”

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According to him, “In 1992, I lost 49 members of my family including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I lost a lot of relatives there.” 

Fortunately, some were able to survive: “For 22 weeks before the tragedy, my mother and sister left the town for medical treatment. My dad and grandma stayed there. Electricity and gas were cut off. The main road out of the town was cut. They were shooting almost every night. It was 11am on February 25.  At 23:30, they entered Khojaly.”

At that point, his family “left their homes trying to save their lives. My father last saw his family at 8pm, when he went to check on them. They tried running in the woods. That was the only way to escape.  They were shooting from everyone. Everyone was crying. The cries of children and mothers reached the skies.  They finally reached a place called Nakhivenik, where all of them were killed. Most of the Khojaly people perished there.”

He noted that his father found the corpse of his grandmother about a week later: “She was scalped and all of her valuables were taken. My dad’s cousin was one of the families to be killed entirely. Their bodies were not found. In February, we do not celebrate any celebration or birthday or anything in our family. My dad Shirin Sadikhov passed away 13 years ago in 2010. He could just not bear all of his memories.”

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Sadikhov added: “This is the story of only one family like me. There are thousands of children like me, who have not seen their homes with their bare eyes. This was one of the bloodiest genocides in the 20th century, yet the international community has not recognized it. We call upon the international community to help the victims of the Azerbaijani community obtain justice.”

“The international community must help the Azerbaijani people to obtain justice from the aggression of the Khojaly Genocide, as the people are deprived of their rights,” concluded Sadikhov.

“We demand justice for the victims of Khojaly. We need justice and the recognition of the Khojaly Genocide. But still the United Nations and other international bodies did not do anything.  Those who are responsible for the Khojaly Genocide are still living in Armenia and are working in the government. They never fell from grace following their crimes against humanity.”    

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