Featured speakers at the Third Annual Walk Against Genocide in front of the Holocaust Memorial
Featured speakers at the Third Annual Walk Against Genocide in front of the Holocaust Memorial

To mark Genocide Prevention Month in April, the Third Annual Walk Against Genocide took place on Sunday, April 10th featuring speakers on the genocides and mass atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event started with a gathering at the New England Holocaust Memorial followed by a walk to the Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway for a closing program.

Speakers included Marie Carine Boggis (Rwanda); Laura Boghosian (Armenia); Roger Brooks (Facing History and Ourselves); Eric Cohen (Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur); Jim Kalustian (Armenia); Anthony Kasongo (Congo); Mohamed Khalifa (Sudan); Fred Manasse (Holocaust); Dina Meran (Yezidis and Kurds); Christina Mukankaka (Rwanda); Alexa/Alisa Raniuk (Ukrainian Holodomor); Michael Ross (Holocaust); Edina Skaljic (Bosnia); and Sophy Theam (Cambodia).

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The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston, Armenian Heritage Foundation, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, Congolese Genocide Awareness, Facing History and Ourselves, Free Yezidi Foundation, Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES), Greater Boston Holodomor Remembrance Committee, and New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Eric Cohen speaks from the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur
Eric Cohen speaks from the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur
 Former Boston City Councilor Mike Ross with his father - a Holocaust survivor and Peter Koutoujian - Sheriff of Middlesex County
Former Boston City Councilor Mike Ross with his father – a Holocaust survivor and Peter Koutoujian – Sheriff of Middlesex County
 Former Boston City Councilor, Mike Ross, speaks about the Holocaust with his father who is a survivor
Former Boston City Councilor, Mike Ross, speaks about the Holocaust with his father who is a survivor
 3rd Annual Walk Against Genocide - Walking through the Holocaust Memorial
3rd Annual Walk Against Genocide – Walking through the Holocaust Memorial
 Christina Mukankaka speaks about the genocide in Rwanda
Christina Mukankaka speaks about the genocide in Rwanda
 Fred Manasse speaks about the Holocaust
Fred Manasse speaks about the Holocaust
 A speaker talks about the Ukrainian genocide
A speaker talks about the Ukrainian genocide
 Edina Skaljiic speaks about the Bosnia genocide
Edina Skaljiic speaks about the Bosnia genocide
 3rd Walk Against Genocide at the Holocaust Memorial
3rd Walk Against Genocide at the Holocaust Memorial
 Walkers against genocide make way down Union Street
Walkers against genocide make way down Union Street
 Sphy Theam speaks about Cambodia genocide
Sphy Theam speaks about Cambodia genocide
 Walkers make their way through Quincy Market
Walkers make their way through Quincy Market
 Led by Eric Cohen of the Massachusetts Coalition, the walkers against genocide enter Armenian Heritage Park
Led by Eric Cohen of the Massachusetts Coalition, the walkers against genocide enter Armenian Heritage Park
 James Kalustian speaks in front of the Armenian Heritage memorial
James Kalustian speaks in front of the Armenian Heritage memorial
 Walk Against Genocide ended at Armenian Heritage Park
Walk Against Genocide ended at Armenian Heritage Park
 Laura Boghosian speaks about the Armenian Genocide
Laura Boghosian speaks about the Armenian Genocide

 Marie Carine Boggis speaks about the Rwanda genocide
Marie Carine Boggis speaks about the Rwanda genocide
 Anthony Kasongo speaks about genocide in the Congo
Anthony Kasongo speaks about genocide in the Congo
 Mohamed Khalifa speaking on the Darfur genocide in Sudan
Mohamed Khalifa speaking on the Darfur genocide in Sudan
 Final stop on the Walk Against Genocide at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway
Final stop on the Walk Against Genocide at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway
 Dina Meran, speaking on the genocide against Yezidi and Kurds
Dina Meran, speaking on the genocide against Yezidi and Kurds
 Crowd gathers for a stop on the Walk Against Genocide
Crowd gathers for a stop on the Walk Against Genocide

Photos by Matt Conti.

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