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Dutch school bows to Turks and bars student documentary on Aramean Genocide

Jul 9, 2018 by

A Dutch school for higher education has blocked a documentary on the Aramean Genocide by one of its students, newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

Shayno Numansen, a Media and Communication student at Saxion College in Enschede, wanted to make a documentary about her family’s history.

Several of the girl’s predecessors were murdered in 1915 and she wanted to investigate what really happened.

For her documentary Numansen travelled to eastern Turkey to do research. As the Turks don’t accept the idea of the Aramean Genocide, the trip was very risky.

But the girl partly succeeded and made a documentary that was even featured in a festival.

“My great grandfather was spared because of his blue eyes, but he was made a slave and taken away”, Numansen tells De Telegraaf.

But suddenly the school cancelled everything, her interview, article and documentary. When the girl enquired as to the reason a spokesman said:

“Sometimes safety is more important than freedom of speech, what if Denk [A Turkish Muslim majority party] uses this, do you think you are still safe here in Enschede?”

For Numansen the college’s decision is painful as she wasn’t involved in the decision. During her research she found a video message of her grandfather who said:

“This history has to be passed on, it may never be forgotten.”

Source: Dutch school bows to Turks and bars student documentary on Aramean Genocide

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