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Armenian Saimbeyli: Massacres of Hadjin

The Armenian town of Hadjin (Hajin) has been renamed Saimbeyli by the Turkish government. It remains a historic city of Armenia culture. Restoration of the Armenian ethnos into Saimbeyli is a priority among Armenians. The following is an eyewitness account of the murders of Armenians by the Turks known as the Massacre of Hadjin (Saimbeyli). 

" Many Christian villages were completely wiped out and not one Armenian left alive. Where there was a mixed population the Armenian quarter was usually destroyed but here and there were places where no great harm was done simply because the officer in charge would not consent to it.
Widows and orphans by the hundreds came flocking back to Hadjin and the villages about us, from the plain, bereft of beloved ones, many of whom had been brutally massacred before their eyes. They were penniless, ragged, barefooted, sick, pale and almost beyond recognition, the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of the three thousand Hadjin men who had been massacred on the plain.
Nearly all of these refugees flocked to the missionaries and told us of the dreadful experiences through which they had just passed. Some had not a male relative left.
 
The effect of this is better understood when it is borne in mind that they were living in a land where womankind constantly needs protection and has no means of support. In one family twenty-three of the nearest relatives had been killed. In another no one but the infirm grandfather and aged grandmother, a son and a littie grandson remained, although there had been thirty-two children and grandchildren in the family.
Some were insane and others on the verge of nervous prostration.
A young man wounded returned alone, not knowing what had become of his wife and child. It was later found that his wife after much wandering had received shelter in a village. The little one was found on the streets in another town with a number of helpless orphans, and friends had sent it with others to an orphanage in another part of the country. But this was only one of many families that were scattered, and only time will tell whether or not even those living will again meet."
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