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World Chechnya Day

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In February 1944 Stalin ordered the immediate deportation of the entire Chechen and Ingush peoples to the steppes of Central Asia resulting in the deaths of up to half of the population... ...In 2004 the European Parliament recognised this event as Genocide.

The Save Chechnya Campaign will be marking World Chechnya Day with a commemorative event on Sunday 24th February, 2-6pm at Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place (off Edgware Road) London, W1H 4LP. Nearest tube Marble Arch and Edgware Road.

Please attend to learn more about a day that few are aware of and yet none should forget. All welcome. Entry free.

1:30pm: TALK: Deportation and Exile. Then and Now.
Learn about the deportations, the consequences for the Chechen people and the continuing effects being felt today.

2:00pm: FILM SHOWING: Coca - The Dove from Chechnya
Coca - The Dove from Chechnya is the heroic and true story of one woman: Zainap Gashaeva (nicknamed Coca) who was born in the exile. Since the beginning of the Chechen war in 1994 she has been collecting video tapes and interviews about the war that Europe and World has ignored. It is estimated that in the last ten years up to a third of the Chechen population may have been killed as a result of Russian \"anti-terrorist\" operations. Disappearances and murder of civilians by the security services remains commonplace in Chechnya. In the midst of war and repression Coca and her helpers have remained determined to discover and record the truth of what has been happened to Chechnya. This film is a story of Chechnya today told by Chechens themselves.

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