1. On April 24, 1915 roughly 200 Armenian leaders were executed by the Turkish army.
2. Before the genocide, the Young Turks regime disarmed the entire Armenian population.
3. The Young Turks aimed to "Turkify" Armenian children.
4. More than a million Armenians were subject to death marches across rocky terrain to the Syrian desert.
5. There were roughly 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire before the genocide. By 1922, there were just 388,000 Armenians remaining.
6. As a result of the violence, there were more than 150,000 Armenian orphans roaming the streets,
7. Between 1915 and 1930, the Near East Relief charity administered more than $117,000,000 of assistance for refugee camps, healthcare, shelter, clothing and food.
8. Turkey Has Not Formally Recognized the Genocide
Turkey's Prime Minister recently offered his condolences over the massacre but condemned Pope Francis for calling the massacres the "first genocide of the 20th century". An Armenian church canonized the victims as martyrs to which Erdogan responded: "Thirty million people died, and why are you highlighting the Armenian citizens? More than 4 million Muslims died during the war." Due to political ties with Turkey, President Obama abstained from using the word genocide when commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacres.