By Wally Sarkeesian
Wally Sarkeesian Interview The Honorable Mayor of Anjar, Lebanon Vartkes khoshian.
How the Armenian from Mousa Dagh refused to surrender to Turkish atrocity. Moved to Anjor Lebanon and Turn the desert and the swamps land into Greenland.
When talking about Anjar, it’s impossible not to mention the Mousadaghians (the area is almost entirely populated by Armenians from the Mousa Dagh area of Turkey). In Franz Werfel’s epic novel “The Forty Days of Mousa Dagh,” he highlights the historic battle between Armenian villagers who held their ground against thousands of Turkish soldiers. With the help of the French government the same population was, in 1939, obliged to leave their homeland and eventually settle in Anjar. Since then, they’ve tirelessly worked to transform what was basically barren land into a rich landscape. Originally comb makers, shoemakers, blacksmiths and carpenters but through agriculture and beautification they succeeding in making Anjar green. Anjar residents today also specialize as goldsmiths, artists, restaurateurs and suppliers of pantry essentials. By just walking through the village you can meet the locals and chat with them.