“Genocide Monument,” a free iPhone app dedicated to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is now active and available for download.
The app has four basic components: The default page will feature an animated rendition of the eternal flame at the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial in Armenia, with a contemporary beat produced by DJ Bei-Ru using duduk samples. There is also a history section, covering the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide, as well as a list of countries that have recognized the crime as genocide. A latest News section provides app users with breaking developments on Genocide recognition efforts worldwide and gives users the ability to share the stories on their social networks.
Nisanian describes the app as more than just a tool to inform and educate, but rather a tool to take action on pressing issues in a call-to-action section. “The reason I made the app is because there wasn’t something that could commemorate the unrecognized genocide of our past and at the same time encourage activism towards current ones around the world. The thinking set in, if not me then who, if not now then when?”
“I started designing it 2 years ago and now with the help and credit of all my friends; Bei Ru for music, Zanazan System in Armenia for the development, other friends who helped develop the website and to illustrate the achievement badges.” stated Nisanian, “[With this collaborative effort] we now have a mobile communication device to alert the world of what’s happening according to human rights and what they should do if they care. And if you share stories such as, ‘Spread the word about the beginnings of genocide in Bahrain’ as it may be in the ‘Call to Action’ section, then you unlock achievement badges like ‘Concerned Citizen, then “Community Organizer’ and so on.”
“The unrecognized Armenian genocide of 1915 remains as a background reminder of why we’re doing this.” continued Nisanian.
The app’s news feed is published on ArmenianMonument.com.