Kim and Khloe Kardashian visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Friday. It's the capstone to their first trip to their family's country of origin amid preparations to commemorate the genocide's centennial.
After arriving in Armenia on Wednesday, the sisters — whose father was third-generation Armenian-American — have toured the country, even meeting with the prime minister, who hailed their efforts to raise awareness of the genocide.
In the years before the word "genocide" was even created, the attempt to purge Armenians from Ottoman territory had been referred to as "race murder." Armenians simply called it "Medz Yeghern" — the Great Crime.
All told, more than 1 million Armenians are estimated to have died during the purge, which also targeted minority groups such as the Assyrians and Ottoman Greeks in lesser numbers. Turkey to this day does not acknowledge the genocide.
The sisters, who have also had the whole experience filmed for their reality TV show, will be departing Armenia on April 13. The official day commemorating the genocide is April 24.
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