Circassians of Jordan demonstrate in front of the Russian Embassy
On the national day of mourning, Circassians of Jordan demonstrate to commemorate the 148th anniversary of the forced migration and dispersion of Circassians from their homeland and the imperilment of their existence.
The Russian-Caucasian war started in 1763 and lasted for more than 100 years. The Russian Czarist Army outnumbered the national Circassian resistance by more than 20 times!
The Circassians suffered heavy losses in terms of human life, as much as 800,000 dead, and their country fell into ruin. Many tribes were completely wiped out and others came close to the edge of extinction.
As a result of the Caucasian War Circassians were forced deportation to the Ottoman Empire, only 5% of the Adygea remained in their historical homeland. Ethnographers define the modern-day Circassian people as a dispersed nation.
Circassians have been in Jordan for over a century. They set an example for the good citizen who is well aware of his duties and responsibilities and played a big role in establishing Amman and building modern Jordan.
The Circassians have fared really well in their new homeland. Although cognizant of their ethnic and cultural identities, the Circassians look upon themselves as full members of society and they actually engage in all walks of life.