The Ottoman state committed a big massacre against the Armenians in the beginning of the 20th century, and according to the information, more than a million and five hundred Armenians were killed in the massacre.
The Armenians who survived the Ottoman state’s grip migrated and displaced, and many of them headed towards Rojava and Syria. And among the survived families, there is Serkis family.
This family migrated from Ella city in North Kurdistan in 1923, and headed towards Rojava and settled in Qamişlo city.
The Armenian citizen Zorhab Serkis who lives in Qamişlo city, and works in sewing talked about the massacre. Zorhab Serkis was born in 1942, and according to the information which he has got from his predecessors, he said, “my uncles were killed in the Armenian massacre.” Zorhab pointed out that the massacres are not limited to the past as the Turkish state are still attacking the components of the area, and the attacks against the Armenians have not ended, and as long as there is an Armenian, the Turkish state would strive at eliminating them.
Serkis mentioned the threats of the Turkish state against the Armenians, and said, “the Turkish state told us that if only an Armenian stayed, they would be exposed to elimination and massacres.”
Zorhab’s family that headed towards Qamişlo city passed through hard economic circumstances, and Zorhab has been obliged to work since he was a child in order to help his family in bearing the burdens of living, the thing that deprived him of learning.
Zorhab has started learning sewing since he was 16 years old. Then, he opened a sewing workshop in the market of Qamişlo city.
About Rojava people, Zorhab said, “my family survived the massacre, Rojava people embraced us, and shared the loaf of bread with us. All the components live here together a cooperative life.”