The prestigious “Forbes” periodical has published an extended article referring to the “Aurora” Prize ceremony in Armenia, world famous actor George Clooney and the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
“Armenpress” reports the author of the article Brian Rashid tells how once a drunk man aggressively bumped into his mother in the street, and seeing that he hit in the face of the man.
“I am not a violent person, but seeing someone intentionally push my mom made my blood boil. This moment on one spring night in Florida was the only real experience I’ve had where I witnessed physical harm to someone I love.
One hundred and one years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Unlike the small bruise my mother may have received on her arm from this drunk middle-aged man at the gas station, Armenian sons saw their mothers murdered in front of their eyes. Mothers saw the same of their children, as did brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends”, writes the author, adding that what happened in 1915 is nothing but genocide.
He mentions that recently he traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to “celebrate” the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide, underscoring that the word “celebrate” may seem strange. He adds that he will explain it, but first tells George Clooney’s story, who arrived in Armenia in those days and participated in the events dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. “I’ve always admired George Clooney. I grew up watching him. He was (and still is) my favorite movie star. But I also love that he uses his spotlight to do just that — shed light on issues while the rest of the world turns a blind eye” writes Brian Rashid, quoting George Clooney as saying, “Sometimes, I feel suffocated with the constant cameras that follow me around. Then I think, why can’t we turn those cameras to issues that can’t seem to get any media attention? Issues that are much more important than what suit I wore on the red carpet deserve attention”.
“But what does this all have to do with celebrating the Armenian Genocide? On April 24, 2016, 101 years after the atrocities that wiped 1.5 million lives from the planet, the first annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was held in Armenia. On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. The Selection Committee, including Mr. Clooney, consists of nine professionals who bring a diverse background. Only one of them is Armenian. As opposed to many humanitarian awards where organizations nominate potential recipients, the Aurora Prize opened it up so everyone could nominate anyone they found deserving”, says the author.
Afterwards he presents the organizers of “Aurora” Prize, the finalists and their activities and the process of prize giving, adding that everyone was in Yerevan on April 24 to celebrate the Aurora Prize.