WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A national public awareness campaign commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the 1992 massacre of nearly 1000 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Khojaly by Armenian and Russian military forces is bringing important attention to the status of refugees within Azerbaijan. Through Armenian military aggression during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, over 1 million Azeris have had to flee their homes in western Azerbaijan in order to avoid further suffering.
The campaign, led by the Azerbaijan America Alliance, is currently underway in Washington, D.C. and New York City where hundreds of Khojaly posters are located at subways and at bus stops, and mobile projections on buildings throughout both cities in Washington, D.C. and New York with messages commemorating the human tragedy against Azerbaijan. Two of the biggest billboards show Khojaly Tragedy commemoration videos around the famous Times Square area in New York City.
President Aliyev and the government of Azerbaijan continue to go to great lengths to provide financial, healthcare, employment, and educational assistance to displaced Azerbaijanis. Government leaders are working with the United Nations and other international refugee organizations to make certain that refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh region receive needed support. By highlighting the millions of Azeris affected by Armenian and Russian military incursions into Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijan America Alliance is raising awareness towards tragedies related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In addition, the Azerbaijan America Alliance has released a short video on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram which commemorates the Khojaly massacre. The video portrays individuals, wearing white Khojaly t-shirts, talking about the massacre in various languages including English, Ukrainian, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. This shows that the Khojaly campaign is recognized worldwide as a human tragedy. The video can be found here: http://azerbaijanamericaalliance.org/videos
Founded in 2011 by an Azerbaijan businessman, Mr. Anar Mammadov, the Azerbaijan America Alliance is a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing critical information about the people, culture, society, industry, history, and current events of the Azeri people. Its mission is to foster and strengthen relations between the people of Azerbaijan and the United States. Through academic discussion, cultural programming, and political discourse, the Alliance aims to promote and advance a lasting partnership between the two nations' citizens.