Blossoming almond tree

Khojaly tragedy attracts more and more attention around the world each year. Numerous events, concerts and exhibitions dedicated to the memory of the victims of that terrible night tell about the mass murder of residents of the Azerbaijani town-Khojaly by Armenian armed forces

This year Peachline joined the international informational campaign "Justice for Khojaly", which started 8-th of May, 2008 on the initiative of Leyla Aliyeva, vice-president of Heydar Aliyev Fund and initiator of international campaign “Justice for Khojaly”. That is an honour for us to be a part of this campaign :create a sign symbolizing everything related to the event that happened on 25–26 February 1992. The symbol is almond tree flower.

Almond is the first tree to blossom. Flowering starts in the middle of winter,in February and considered to be a herald for oncoming spring. Spring is known as a period of awakening. That’s why almond symbolizes hope for coming alive after winter cold.

Blossomg almond on the “Justice for Khojaly” campaign logo also symbolizes that hope. Hope that justice will prevail in respect of the genocide committed in February 1992 in Khojaly. Hope that such atrocities will never be repeated again.

Almond represents one of the most important missions of our campaign - to honor and preserve the memory of the victims, protect survivors, to alleviate the suffering and pain of those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy. 

Torn almond petal  represents lack of harmony between man and nature, speaks of inhuman acts committed during the genocide in Khojaly, and calls to remember those who can not enjoy the "spring" until  restoration of justice. Torn petal - one of a five - symbolizing the occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani territory and the need for immediate and unconditional restoration of its territorial integrity. Just like an almond which could grow in harsh winter condition, Azerbaijan became strong and flourishing country-leader in the region by going through hard way of development. 

Campaigns for memory are being held everywhere - from New York and Washington to countries in Europe and Asia.