The international response to the genocide was arguably the world’s first major global humanitarian relief effort, and the United States played a leading role in achieving this landmark event.
- Vicken Babkenian
The Forgotten Global Humanitarian Response
While America’s response to the Armenian Genocide has in recent years gained increased attention thanks to well-researched literary works such as The Burning Tigris by Peter Balakian and The Starving Armenians by Merrill Peterson, the international response to the Armenian Genocide has received little or no attention by historians. This is rather surprising considering that over 50 countries had in some way participated in the collection of funds on behalf of the destitute Armenian refugees and orphans. It was at the time an unprecedented demonstration of international solidarity and goodwill towards victims of a major catastrophe.