Remembering Khojaly event: Survivor Yasemen Hasanova shares her story

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Remembering Khojaly event

Yasemen Hasanova Khojaly survivor, gave these comments during today’s event 

February 10, 2021 

Event replay found here. 

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A wall of faces pays tribute to one of the worlds most overlooked massacre events of recent history.

I am Hasanova Yasemen. I was born in 1980 in the city of Khojaly. When I was 12, I experienced the terrible days of the Khojaly genocide, a bloody tragedy of mankind. In this massacre, I lost my father, the National Hero of Azerbaijan Huseynov Tofig, my mother, grandparents, uncle, aunts, and my aunt’s two kids. This horrible genocide took away my childhood. When I was young, I experienced a great tragedy, I could not reconcile with the loss of my relatives. What do you think it means to lose both parents, relatives, and loved ones in one night? Killing innocent people overnight was a policy of ethnic cleansing against a nation. Am I right?

Now, I am 41 years old, I grew up with this tragedy. For 29 years I do not know what parental love is. Much has been written and said about Khojaly. However, we still do not see the necessary value from the world countries and international organizations. World powers and international organizations should neither be indifferent nor be silent to this tragedy. Justice must find its place. Criminals must be punished!

During the last 29 years, each day, I’ve hoped that my parents, my loved ones would come back, but…(they will)

Sixteen years after the tragedy, I learned that my mother had been murdered. Although this news saddened me, I was glad that my mother was not captured by the Armenians. Because Armenians were ruthlessly killing the elderly, women, and children. Hundreds of children from Karabakh, like me, are living through this tragedy, thousands of children like me who have lost their parents have grown up in the weight of this pain.

I call on the world countries to take a fair approach to this horror and inhuman genocide that we lived. Today I am sad and proud at the same time. After 29 years, thanks to our strong and heroic army, we liberated our occupied territories. First of all, I am very grateful to our Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, to our strong army, state, and people, who gave us this victory.