GLENDALE (Asbarez) — Yevnige Salibian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, died on August 30 at the age of 101.
Salibian became an outspoken advocate for truth and justice on the Armenian Genocide.
In 2014, Salibian was honored by the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, during the organization’s 20th anniversary gala, where Steven Spielberg and others honored the survivor.
During the gala, she took a photo with Kim Kardashian that was published by the media all over
Salibian was a resident of Ararat Home in Mission Hills. With a sharp mind she articulated her family’s story of survival at community events, becoming one of the last remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
She was just a baby when the Genocide began, but she was able to recall things that happened a few years later to her family.
Born on January 14, 1914, she was one of five children in a middle-class family in Aintab. Her family was among the last to leave. It was during this trip that she received a scar on her leg when she became entangled in the reins of a horse. She nearly bled to death and the scar became a lifelong reminder of her early miseries. The family fled Aintab in 1921.
Her story captured the attention of many, including renowned journalist Robert Fisk who featured her and her story in an edition of the London-based The Independent in 2014.