Reality television star Kim Kardashian West, her sister Khloe Kardashian and her cousins paid tribute to victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide, placing flowers at a memorial in Armenia Friday.
Kardashian West, whose father Robert was of Armenian ancestry, called her visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in the capital of Yerevan “emotional.”
An emotional day at the genocide museum. pic.twitter.com/JEQJOy3T8E— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 12, 2015
Kardashian West wore a revealing red pantsuit with a plunging red neckline, while Khloe wore a one-shoulder blue pantsuit.
U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian (L) and her sister Khloe (C) visit the genocide memorial, which commemorates the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in Yerevan on April 10, 2015. (Photo: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images)
An estimated 1.5 million Armenians are believed to have been killed after the Muslim rulers of the Ottoman Empire decided to expel or kill the Armenian Christian minority living under their rule.
While Turkey acknowledges Christian Armenians were killed, it protests use of the word “genocide” to described the 1915 events and on Sunday recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after Pope Francis used that term for the slaughter.
The Kardashian sisters laid red tulips and stood for a moment of silence to honor the victims, a Reuters' reporter observed.
Kardashian West called her visit a “journey of a lifetime.”
The family also met Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Thursday, with Kardashian West tweeting some of his remarks: "He expressed how proud they are that we are proud Armenians and we have not forgotten our roots! #NeverForget"
He expressed how proud they are that we are proud Armenians and we have not forgotten our roots! #NeverForget— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 10, 2015
Kardashian West has previously posted messages in support of the embattled Christian minority in the Middle East. Those social media postings have been met with both praise and derision, which appear to be based on the political and religious outlooks of the commenters.
She has also called on her followers to “never forget” the Armenian genocide and to make sure history does not repeat itself.
Pope Francis Sunday called Ottoman Turkey’s massacre of Christian Armenians “the first genocide of the 20th century.”
The 100th anniversary of the 1915 killings is marked officially this month.