2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first Balkan War. Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) published an annotated map displaying the forced exile and death of about 1.5 million Ottoman Muslims, one of the biggest tragedies of the 20th century, which remains untold to date.
The map, which is prepared by the famous historian and demographer Professsor Justin McCarthy, is a very powerful tool to visualize the devastating effects of the Balkan Wars on Ottoman Muslims.
Professor McCarthy says "During the Balkan Wars many groups suffered, but those who suffered most were the Muslims, especially the Turks. 27% of the Muslims of the conquered areas of Ottoman Europe, mostly Turks, died as a result of these wars-the worst civilian mortality witnessed in any modern European war,” said Professor McCarthy. “I hope that this map will demonstrate the disastrous fate of these peoples during this time."
The map can be downloaded here.
TCA also accepts requests for hard copies of the map.