The Circassians are a native people of the Caucasus where they have lived since time immemorial. They speak a unique language that includes almost all sounds a human can pronounce. They have developed a fascinating culture that reflects the beauty, bravery and mystery of the Caucasian mountains.
The Circassians protected their country and freedom against the relentless onslaught of various aggressors in their history. Having never been conquered, they have managed to live in their homeland until the time of the Tsarist Russian invasion which was completed in 1864. Today, significant communities of Circassians live in Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Israel, European countries and the USA, in addition to various republics in the Caucasus.
The deportation of the Circassians from their homeland in the mid-19th century is one of the most tragic events in human history. The Circassians have resisted desperately and fiercely, for more than a century, against the Tsarist Empire without any organized army and without any support. This freedom loving nation was deported en masse into Ottoman lands following the conquest of their homeland. 21 May 1864 marks the genocide and exodus of the Circassian people. Almost 90 percent of the population was deported, and a third of them perished during the exodus from disease and starvation. This web site is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives during the Circassian genocide and exodus.
21 May 2016... The 152nd Anniversary of the Circassian Genocide and Exile. For 152 years, we call the international community to hear sufferings and pains inflicted on our people. For 152 years, we strive to protect and develop our national-cultural identity.
We invite all those Circassians and the friends of Circassians, who feel and share the sorrow of genocide and exile, to be together for the 152nd Year for the recognition and remembrance of the Circassian Genocide and Exile.
May 14 Kefken, May 21 Homeland...