Wednesday,18 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1243, (23 - 29 April 2015)
Wednesday,18 October, 2017
Issue 1243, (23 - 29 April 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Runners

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Last Friday, the streets of Heliopolis were crowded early in the morning as thousands of runners took part in the third annual Cairo Half Marathon. There were three options for runners to choose from: the 21-kilometre half marathon, a seven-kilometre race and a one-kilometre family run. The event was complemented by several social and sports initiatives organised by race participants. One was a group of Egyptian Armenian runners. More than 100 children, youth and elders of Armenian origin took part in the day’s activities. They had a cause to promote: stopping future genocides. Armenians around the world are commemorating the centennial of the genocide committed by Ottoman Turks in 1915. Armenians born and raised in Egypt, descendants of those who survived the genocide and settled in Egypt, organised to raise awareness and recognition of the genocide that befell their nation, and to stop similar events happening again. All wore in black T-shirts sporting the forget-me-not flower (the emblem of the centennial), an image of the Dzidzernagapert Memorial Monument and the Armenian slogan, “I remember and demand.”

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