The Syrian-Armenian Crisis: Will You Be The First To Call?

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By Zaven Khanjian “Nearly a century after the Armenian Genocide, these people are still being slaughtered in Syria.” British Journalist Robert Fisk No one would foresee it coming. With the flash of the first bullet they were terror-struck. They all lost their means of survival. Some lost their homes. Many lost their lives. They have no power most of the time. No heating oil, no cooking oil. They have no running water. Bread is a scarce commodity, if one has the means to afford it. Their schools have been bombarded, damaged, destroyed. Some have been closed. School children are dispersed all over. Kindergartners are killed on their way to school. Their places of worship are desecrated. Some are not serviceable….

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A Christmas Appeal to Support Syrian Armenians

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The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund Executive Committee wishes the greater community of the Western United States a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with one wish: To collectively open up our hearts and lighten up our Christmas by helping the Armenians struggling to survive day-by-day, facing dangers and an uncertain future in Syria. Please mail your checks to the following address: Syrian Armenian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 1948, Glendale, CA 91209-1948. The following churches, charities and organizations came together to form the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund in August 2012: Armenian Catholic Eparchy in North America; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Western Diocese of the Armenian Church; Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America; Armenian General Benevolent…

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Nearly a Century After the Armenian Genocide, These People Are Still Being Slaughtered in Syria

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Just over 30 years ago, I dug the bones and skulls of Armenian Genocide victims out of a hillside above the Khabur River in Syria. They were young people – the teeth were not decayed – and they were just a few of the million-and-a-half Armenian Christians slaughtered in the first Holocaust of the 20th century, the deliberate, planned mass destruction of a people by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. It was difficult to find these bones because the Khabur River – north of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour – had changed. So many were the bodies heaped in its flow that the waters moved to the east. The very river had altered its course. But Armenian friends who…

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