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Photo exhibition commemorating Khojaly Genocide opens in Kazakhstan


A photo exhibition “For a world free of genocide” opened in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Feb. 23.

 

Kazakh and Azerbaijani MPs as well as representatives of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, intelligentsia and media attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Kazakhstan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, APA reported citing Kazinform.

 

According to Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan Rashad Mamadov, the event is aimed at promoting peace and harmony in the world adding that it is important to remember history to prevent manifestations of aggression.

 

The exhibition hall is divided into four sections, dedicated to the acts of genocide in Cambodia (1975 - 1989), Rwanda (1984), Khojaly (1992) and the Holocaust (1941 - 1945).

 

On February 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown. 

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