At the start of World War I in 1914 there were about 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. In 1915 the Turkish government decided to exterminate the Armenians. On April 24, 1915 the massed killing began; along with rape, robbery, and food deprivation. By the end of the genocide in 1922, about 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians had been killed. Turkey still claims that there was no official policy of extermination of Armenians and doesn’t acknowledge the severity of the events that took place.