Thousands Die on 500-mile March

London, Aug 17. (1922)

The British Armenian Committee has issued a tragic statement by Miss Ethel Thompson, an American, who was formerly an orphanage worker in Anatolia. She says that the Turks drove ghastly lines of starving Greek women and children for 500 miles without food or clothing, until thousands of them dropped dead. Greek villages were burned, and the inhabitants deported. Dead bodies were left by the roadside where vultures devoured them.

Miss Thompson saw 300 small children driven into a circle, and beaten with the flats of heavy swords. Girls, she says, disfigured and dyed their faces to hide their beauty, thus hoping not to be taken into harems.


Source: TURKS' FIENDISH CRUELTY. (1922, August 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 7. Retrieved March 3, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1839745

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David Lloyd George - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“...tens of thousands of men, women and children have been deported, and tens of thousands have died. It was pure deliberate extermination.” 

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