21 May 2017. The 153rd Anniversary of the Circassian Genocide and Exile.…
The Circassians have developed a unique language and culture in their homeland, the Caucasus, where they have lived since time immortal. Although the Circassians defended their country and freedom for many centuries, a genocide was committed against them, and they were deported en masse from their homeland as a result of the colonialist policies of the Czarist Russia and other imperial states.
In spite of all oppression, dispersion and sufferings, they have survived and protected their identity.
21 May is the symbol of the will of the Circassian people to survive. It is the day of resistance, uprising, and revival.
21 May is the day we call the international community to hear sufferings and pains inflicted on our people.
21 May is the day of solidarity and unity for all Circassians scattered around the world.
21 May is the day of determination to create our common future by all of our compatriots living in the homeland and the diaspora.
We will meet to raise our legitimate demands for justice, and to commemorate for all those who lost their lives during genocide and exodus, in Kefken on May 13, 2017.
We will light the Nart Fire in Kefken on May 13.
And we will take the Nart Fire to the homeland, to our compatriots living in the homeland, on May 21, to prove that we are still a united people in spite of 153 years of denial, oppression and separation.
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 commemoration of the Circassian Genocide and Exile.
13 May in Kefken ...
21 May in the homeland ...
In the 153rd year, we will exist on the both sides of the Black Sea.
For justice, for our culture, for our homeland...
THE FEDERATION OF THE CAUCASIAN ASSOCIATIONS