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Kim Kardashian and Dr. Eric Esrailian Urge President Biden to Prevent Another Armenian Genocide

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Kim Kardashian and Dr. Eric Esrailian Urge President Biden to Prevent Another Armenian Genocide

Entrepreneur and activist Kim Kardashian, alongside Dr. Eric Esrailian, has joined forces to implore President Joe Biden to take action in preventing another Armenian Genocide. In a heartfelt plea published in Rolling Stone, the duo, both descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors, emphasized the urgency of the situation.

"We are Armenian. We are the descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors, and we do not want to be talking about the recognition or commemoration of yet another genocide in the future," they expressed.

The duo highlighted the dire circumstances in which Armenia finds itself. Since December of the previous year, Azerbaijan has imposed a blockade that severely restricts the indigenous Christian Armenians of Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh) from access to the outside world. They also pointed out that some nations have had to rely on Azerbaijan for oil due to the war in Ukraine, effectively using "starvation as a weapon against the Armenian population in the region."

Kardashian and Esrailian stressed that there is no more time for mere thoughts, prayers, or concern. They revisited the conflict initiated by Azerbaijan's attack on Armenians in 2020, which they deemed baseless and unjustified. This war, they noted, lingers in the collective memory of Armenians worldwide.

"Despite a ceasefire agreement, the attacks on Armenian soldiers have been constant and without repercussions," they lamented.

The authors also raised concerns about ominous signs of an impending genocide, citing the blocking of humanitarian organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the "hateful rhetoric accompanying the blockade."

Condemning the collective silence and inaction by individuals and government entities that have allowed the crisis to persist, Kardashian and Esrailian called upon President Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to intervene immediately. They urged these leaders to pressure Azerbaijan to open the corridor without preconditions.

While acknowledging their limitations as individuals, Kardashian and Esrailian have been working behind the scenes to support their Armenian compatriots. They acknowledged that a diplomatic approach has not yielded significant results but pledged to continue using their influence to help in any way they can.

"The people in Artsakh want to live in peace. Now is the time for true leadership. We need those who have a meaningful role in these affairs to immediately demand that the Lachin Corridor is opened to stop another genocide," they asserted. They also called for more attention to be drawn to the crisis and appealed to those in the U.S. government who genuinely care about humanity to step in.

"The United States has the ability to mobilize a response. Leaders who are effective and help our people will be remembered for their heroism. Even if well-meaning, the ones who are inert and ineffective will be remembered for allowing a genocide to take place under their watch. The choice is theirs," they concluded.


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