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If you saw the movie The Promise, then you will understand the history of this village.
Nearly 250 men took part in the defense, fighting off Turkish armies in June 1915. The Armenians had refused deportation and fled to the highest mountain in the town, and from July to September 1915 they defended themselves until French ships rescued them. Starting in 1918, when Sanjak of Alexandretta came under French control, six Armenian villages returned to their homes.
In 1932 a monument was erected at the top of the mountain to commemorate the event. On 29 June 1939, following an agreement between France and Turkey, the province was given to Turkey. Afterwards Armenians from six of the villages emigrated from Hatay, while some of the residents of Vakıflı village chose to stay. Vakıflı is the only remaining ethnic Armenian village in Turkey, with a population only 140 Turkish-Armenians. Most who left Hatay in 1939 immigrated to Lebanon where they resettled in the town of Anjar. Today, the town of Anjar is divided into six districts, each commemorating one of the villages of Musa Dagh.
As the French squads came to the rescue of the remaining survivors, the chief priest was quoted to say: “The evil only happened … to enable God to show us His goodness
By Wally Sarkeesian,
It was pleasure meeting and interviewing the Shen.am organization in Yerevan, Armenia including the representative from Shen France. doing great work, hardworking and wonderful people trying to help rural area of Armenian. These are the unsung heroes working every day by helping the villagers take care of their land and become more productive.
About Shen NGO
Shen NGO was created in 1988 by a group of professors and students of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute to address some of the urgent humanitarian problems of Armenia. Since then Shen as an NGO involved in development endeavours in over 350 rural communities of Armenia passed through almost all the stages of Rural Development area, such as:
The cornerstone of all Shen development projects is long-term sustainability which is our vision since the establishment for all the implemented activities in over 350 rural communities of Armenia. During the last decade Shen engaged the facilitative leadership approach in its economic development projects (M4P projects) considering the potential vital role of Market Forces in income generation for rural population. This has been accomplished with significant support of our sister NGO Chene France, Yalkezian Foundation and several other Armenian Diaspora organisations. We would also like to acknowledge hereby our sponsors – World Council of Churches, Christian Aid (UK), IFAD, BfdW (Germany), ICCO (the Netherlands), Oxfam Novib (the Netherlands), HEKS-EPER (Switzerland), KASA Foundation (Switzerland), UNDP, UNFPA, USDA, FAO, DFID, USAID, SDC (Switzerland), Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.
Almost all projects include Capacity Building components aiming at transfer of minimum necessary knowledge and skills to its beneficiaries to ensure further sustainability of the projects. Shen NGO has also positive experience of cooperation with big companies within Corporate Social Responsibility model (e.g. Orange, France Telecom).
read more on www.shen.am
By Wally Sarkeesian,
Yerevan: The Repat Armenia is a very important bridge connecting the Diaspora Armenian with the homeland, www.gagrule.net Founder Wally Sarkeesian interview Mr. Vartan Marashlyan executive Director at Repat-Armenia head office in Yerevan.
The Repat Armenia Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit institution, was established in August 2012 to take the concept of active repatriation promotion to the next level, with a full time, dedicated staff based in Yerevan and a network of supporters worldwide.
Inform, initiate and actively champion the return of high-impact (professional, entrepreneurial) individuals and families to Armenia to secure the future development of the Armenian nation.
Repat Armenia unites hundreds of like-minded people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, who provide potential repatriates and newcomers with soft landing and networking support, by providing information and necessary resources for those who wish to engage with Armenia.
Visit Repat-Armenia: http://repatarmenia.org/en/about-us/who-we-are
DigiTech Expo-2016 annual technological exhibition opened at the Yerevan Expo Exhibition Complex of the Yerevan Scientific and Research Institute of Mathematical Machines.
The main goal of the Exhibition, which was held September 30-October 2 under the title A Feast for the Technological Armenians, is to create a favorable communication environment for the companies, customers and the public engaged in the technological sphere as well as to present the real situation with the Armenian information and telecommunication technologies, achievements, and prospects.
The President of Armenia toured the exhibition hall, familiarized with the products and services presented by the companies, conversed with the representatives of the companies about their work and future development programs. Among over 120 companies participating this year at the DigiTech-2016 besides the prominent local companies, there are leading firms from the Russian Federation, US, China, and India.
Special Thanks to Liana Vardanyan for her assistant.
By Wally Sarkeesian,
I had the pleasure meeting ZARA Bodaghyan at Yerevan DigiTech; she is a very dynamic person, full of information about digital technologies.
The Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, is a free of charge digital media learning center in Yerevan, Armenia. Since its opening in 2011, the center has provided thousands of students aged 12–18 an open environment where they can use the latest in digital tools, learn from media professionals, and explore the intersection of technology and art.
Tumo is a non-profit venture founded by Sam and Sylva Simonian who fully fund its educational program through the Simonian Educational Foundation.
In the past, while speaking of reparations to Armenian Genocide victims, everyone thought of unleashing war against Turkey without properly assessing the reality, Ashot Melkonyan, Director of the Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Armenia, said at an international academic conference entitled “The Armenian Genocide and reparation problem.”
“The reparation problem is a most important one. In the case of Jewish Holocaust, Jews got things right and took a course of reparation. And the process started in the early 1950s and has continued since, while Jews go on complaining the amount is too small against what happened to Jews,” Mr Melkonyan said.
After being discussed with scholars, political parties and Hay Dat, the issue of reparations has reached the academic level and relevant demands need to be properly formulated – material and territorial reparations.
“Society may strongly oppose you when you speak of something new, but they get accustomed step by step,” Mr Melkonyan said.
Even Germans, who used to persuade Armenians into giving up claims for reparation, have now supported it after the German Bundestag adopted a resolution on the Armenian Genocide.
Drawing parallels between the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, Mr Melkonyan noted the difference is territorial claims.
“The Armenian Genocide was committed in Western Armenia, with the indigenous population deported,” the scholar said.
The proposals for reparation put forward at the conference will be considered and will form a volume in a few days.