The first photo was found in manuscripts stored in the National Archives of Armenia. It depicts a concentration camp of deported Armenians in the Syrian desert of Ras al-Ayn. It dates to 1915 or 1916. Judging by the angle, it was most likely taken in secret — the person who took the picture wanted to go unnoticed.
The photo clearly shows the tents and property of Armenians in Ras al-Ayn. On the lower part of the photo is the following inscription: “The caravan of Armenian refugees at Ras al-Ayn.”
The tragic fate of Ras al-Ayn refugees is well known. They were almost completely exterminated in 1916, which made Ras al-Ayn along with Deir ez-Zor, Maskanah, and Raqqa one of the largest slaughterhouses of northern Syria.
The next photo shows a scene from the Armenian refugee camp in Raqqa. On the reverse side of the photo, there is a typewritten text in German, reading “Armenian camp of Raqqa.” Apparently, this photo was taken by a German soldier who was in the territory of the Ottoman Empire.
The third photo is a unique stereoscopic photographic publication which depicts Armenian refugees who had ended up in Mesopotamia.
These photos are among the most valuable testimonies of the Genocide against the Armenian people.