The Forgiveness Equation

The April 2005


Find out how to be a part of the equation - July 7


On April 24, 1915, the Armenian people were forcibly marched into the desert and executed. The Armenian nation was exiled from its ancestral homeland. Over 1.5 million people perished at the hands of the Turks in what became known as the First Genocide of the 20th Century. Despite volumes of written documentation, foreign government archives and eyewitness accounts, the Turkish government has yet to accept responsibility.

Ninety years after the Genocide of 1915, a group of men and women – many of whom were descendents of survivors – marched onto a desert. On Sunday, April 24, 2005 this group donning t-shirts with the mathematical notation “7x77” lined up with their palms united in a human ribbon of love and solidarity. They walked in the shoes of a generation who knew only suffering. They walked in the shoes of Christ knowing that love is a greater power than evil.  

Love > Evil

There is no question about the Genocide. The only question is our reaction. In the desert this group vowed to fight for justice wherever the battle may be. The Armenians were the first people to go through Genocide in the 20th Century. Since 1915 there have been Genocide and genocidal acts in Germany, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, the Soviet Union, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and today in Darfur, Sudan. Over 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur with an additional 10,000 being massacred every month. The world doesn’t care. Much like the situation in Armenia in 1915, the world today is ignoring the atrocities to stay in its cocoon of comfort.  The message of Christ allows us to look beyond our pain and see the suffering of others. It tells us to reach out to others. The real enemy is our indifference, our apathy and our complacency. Watch the art creation here > or on Youtube.

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