ASSERTS ATROCITIES IN SMYRNA CONTINUE

Dr ESTHER LOVEJOY DESCRIBES SYSTEMATIC ROBBERY AND OUTRAGES BY TROOPS.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

2 OCT, 1922

 

Dr Esther Lovejoy of New York, President of the American Women's Hospital, makes the following statement to The New york Times regarding her stay in Smyrna,.

'The cries of Christian refugees of Smyrna for water and food are met by a Turkish lash.'

'There are still several hundred thousand Christians in Smyrna and the interior whose ives are in peril, for the time limit of their evacuation has expired.'

'The crowds on the quay are so great that some are pushed into the sea. Women stood waist deep in the water, holding their babies aloft in their arms to save them from drowning.'

'Turkish soldiers are sytematically robbing the men and wrenching the rings from the women. The wretched suffferers are willing to be robbed if the robbing can purchase life.'

'At night the Turkish soldiers commit excesses against the women and girls. Only when searchlights from the ships in the harbor are turned on them do they desist.'

'There are more than 100 mothers who gave birth to babies. Some were delivered while standing. I attended many. Some of the infants died within a few hours from exposure, but the mothers clung pitifully to the dead bodies of the little things.'

In this article, Dr Lovejoy also asserts that one of the doctors saw a Greek woman cut her throat and then hurl herself into the water where she drowned.'

 

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - British Statesman

“... Mustapha Kemal's Army ... celebrated their triumph by the burning of Smyrna to ashes and by a vast massacre of its Christian population...”

Churchill W, The Aftermath, New York, Charles Scribner's and Sons, 1929, p444

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