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DONOR GRANTS AMAA $25,000 FOR KARABAGH RELIEF EFFORTS

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In Support of AMAA’s Commitment to relief efforts in Nagorno-Karabagh, a caring generous AMAA donor made a $25,000 gift. We challenge YOU to join this effort and make your contribution today to expand our Impact!

UPDATE FROM AMAA ARMENIA

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In an effort to safeguard the citizens of Artsakh, a multitude of people have been relocated from the front lines.

The displaced are being housed in Stepanakert, Shushi, and elsewhere, until safer conditions prevail.

AMAA has opened ‘Camp Bedrosian’ in Shushi for the evacuees.

Approximately 180 people (near 120 children) have arrived and are being provided food and shelter.  AMAA has organized a camp program for these children, which includes daily activities and Christian Education.

Won’t you join this gracious donor to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts in Artsakh? Help our displaced compatriots live through this crisis, caused by the Azeri assault upon the peaceful, indigenous population of Nagorno-Karabagh.

Thank you for your continued support.

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AMAA Medical Mission Team Preparing for 8th Annual Trip

For the last 6 months, the AMAA’s Medical Mission Team has been preparing for their 8th Annual trip to Armenia which this year will take place June 16-26, 2016. Most of the medicine and medical supplies are already on their way to Armenia.

This year the clinics will be held in 3 locations at the Armenian Evangelical Church of Vanadzor, the AMAA Social Service Center in Stepanavan and the Evangelical Church in Sisian where the classrooms are converted into doctors’ offices.  Patients hear of the arrival of the Medical Mission team weeks earlier with radio advertisements and come from many different walks of life.  Patients are also bussed into the clinic from the surrounding villages. Over 1,200 patients are seen each year.

This year’s fifty member team includes 10 doctors, a pharmacist, chiropractor, nurses, and medical and nursing students.  One does not need to be in the healthcare field to be involved in this mission.  The only thing that is asked, that the team members come with servant’s heart ready to touch and serve the sick and needy.

As the mission statement states, the purpose of the Medical Mission is “to go and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by serving the physical needs of our Armenian brothers and sisters.  With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are called to serve those in need of God’s love through medical service, health education, and the preaching of the Gospel.”

For more information you may visit the Armenia Medical Mission Page on AMAA’s website at www.amaa.org or e-mail Dr. Albert and Sue Phillips at AMAAArmeniaMedicalMissions@gmail.com or call 818.952.1141

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Truth • Justice • Recognition

THE CRIMSON DAWN
Վարդահեղեղ Արշալոյս 

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Ու անհամբեր հեռո՜ւն, հեռո՜ւն ակնապիշ
Պիտի սպասեն վարդահեղեղ գալուստին
Արշալոյսի մ’Արշալոյսի մը՝ որուն
(Հաւատացէք ինձ, Մայրեր)
Ես ոտնաձայնը կառնեմ…
    Դանիէլ Վարուժան

     1884-1915

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Mr. Zaven Khanjian delivering his message, “The Crimson Dawn” at Times Square, NYC, April 24, 2016. Photo Credit: Anahid Kaprielian

How I wish I could stand before you today and share the joyful news of the arrival of the ‘crimson dawn” as sung by the literary genius, Taniel Varoujan, sickled and silenced by evil hands at the turn of the last century.

Alas, the crimson dawn, the footsteps of which Varoujan assured the mothers of our innocent genocide victims to have heard, still lies in our future.

For 50 years after the Genocide, we struggled to stand up, recover and heal from our physical wounds. A generation of orphans lost their precious childhood for another generation to enjoy. And by the grace of God, thanks to God loving and God fearing people around the world, we rose back from the ashes and survived.

1965 brought us an awakening that burst into the open both in the Homeland, from behind the Iron Curtain and all around the Diaspora. Having survived, we took the road to quest for justice and collectively did a fairly good job. By the Centennial of the Genocide last year we confidently claimed a degree of reward and victory raising our national struggle to an unprecedented plateau of universal awareness, respect and recognition worthy of the cause and powerful in its impact.

I indeed realize that it is absurd to compare human pain and suffering. But the fact is that the crime committed against my people a century ago not only resulted in the ‘murder of a nation’ but in the uprooting of an indigenous race peacefully toiling on the lands they called home for many millennia. This fact should not fall victim to ‘absurdity’ and should never be forgotten. It deepens the pain and raises the magnitude of the crime reminding us of the prophet Elijah who took the Lord’s message to King Ahab saying “Wasn’t it enough that you killed Naboth? Must you rob him, too?” «Մեռցուցիր ու կը ժառանգե՞ս ալ:» I Kings 21:19

Lives are priceless and can never be brought back.  But there is also a wealth of tangible and intangible loot that needs to be recovered and a crime that needs to be brought to justice.

Despite all of our many achievements we have not gained much on the road of reparations, restitution and recognition from the heirs of the perpetrators. All recognition, sympathy and acknowledgement in the civilized world have come with impunity and with no legal muscle. And the perpetrators themselves are in a coma of self-denial. Adding insult to injury, the same civilized world, with total acquiescence, turns a blind eye to the crime committed today by the same perpetrator in Syria or by a cousin in Nagorno Karabagh.

We can only depend on our selfless and sacrificial devotion and commitment to an iron ladle. I have an unwavering confidence in a new ‘miracle’ generation, regiments of professionals, excelling in the arts and sciences, education and business, journalism and public service, literature and technology and that is our way to go.

God incarnate advocated for the poor and the oppressed, challenged unjust behavior and confronted arrogance, promoted justice and condemned bigotry. Jesus Christ lashed out at the self-promoters at the temple. We will trust the Lord and struggle for justice all alone, today, tomorrow, for 50 more years or a hundred if need be. We will acquire the iron ladle in our pursuit of justice and together with immortal Varoujan

Impatiently and attentively staring afar
Will await the arrival of the crimson dawn
A dawn,
The footsteps of which,
-Believe me mothers-
I DO HEAR!

Zaven Khanjian
April 24, 2016
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Still Remembering, Still Demanding

Armenian Martyrs’ Day Article by Rev. L. Nishan Bakalian

Isn’t a hundred years long enough to hold on to this? Can’t you Armenians just put this behind you?

glassPeople may wonder why the Armenian Genocide has to be a topic for discussion 101 years after the fact. Each year on April 24th, Armenians throughout the world continue to hold commemorations. Even the UCC includes this date in its calendar. But why is it so important?

No serious scholar contests the fact that the Ottoman Turkish government and its successors carried out a premeditated plan of race extermination against its Christian minorities (Armenian, Assyrian, Greek) from 1915-1923. But today’s Turkish government spares no effort to cast doubts on it, steadfastly refusing to allow any recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a crime committed in its borders, and therefore allowing no restoration or reparation to be made. It remains a blight on the Turkish soul, as well as a wound on the Armenian soul, preventing much-needed healing to take place. Click here to to read full PDF article

 

Latest From Syria: April, 2016

The conflict in Syria and the exodus of a few million Syrians to neighboring countries is now in its fifth year. The length of this conflict tragically reminds us of the lives lost, as well as Syrian refugee and host-community children and adolescents who lack educational opportunities, who face serious social tensions and suffer from unfulfilled potentials and productivity. The Syrian people are experiencing a variety of hardships including isolation and insecurity, psychological distress, extended disruptions of education and exploitative employment.

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Today we still experience a war that has been raging in our beloved Syria for the last five years. The conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond Syria’s borders.

Concerning the situation in the city of Aleppo, we can say that life is becoming increasingly expensive and very difficult to cope with and add to this the constant lack of necessities. Normal electricity was something people had forgotten about since fifteen days. Water is also a problem.

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Unfortunately, at this time and since four long years there is a major security threat to all citizens of Aleppo. The sound of shells and grenades can be heard any time of the day and night and could target any place at any time.

A week ago, on April 8, Sbidag Azad Ghazarian, a Kamishli-Armenian serving in the Syrian Army was killed in action. Two days earlier, another ethnic-Armenian service man in the Syrian Armed Forces from Aleppo, Raffi Kazezian, was killed in action in Damascus.

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Over the last few days, Aleppo’s Armenian-populated Nor Kyugh and Villat districts was attacked by missiles on April 14. The attack came from militant opposition groups breaking the ceasefire early in the morning. Some people sustained injuries and many buildings, including homes and stores, suffered extensive damage. Aleppo’s Sheikh Maqsood district has also been the target of missile attacks and at least one missile struck the vicinity of the Karen Jeppe Armenian School [Jemaran] of Aleppo. Syrian Army Forces are making attempts to gain control of the targeted areas of the city. These latest attacks came a day after Syria’s Parliamentary Elections, which the Armenian community actively participated in.

The latest development in Aleppo City is also that the Syrian Air Force and Syrian Arab Army units continued targeting terrorist organizations on Wednesday, 13th of April 2016, destroying a position for Jabhat al-Nusra leaders in Daraa province and killing many terrorists in Aleppo, Homs, and Hama. Army units with a cover from the Syrian Air force targeted dens and gatherings of ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations, which breached the cessation of hostilities in Aleppo countryside.

Army units backed by Syrian aircrafts carried out on Wednesday a series of intensive strikes against positions and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in Bans village, Hadieh and al-Eis hills and ICARDA area.

Air strikes destroyed many positions and gatherings for terrorists as well as vehicles equipped with various machine guns, arms, and ammunition.

Army units launched strikes on hotbeds, gatherings, and vehicles of terrorist organizations in al-Rashideen1 and four and Bani Zaid neighborhoods and destroyed them. An army unit eliminated the terrorist gatherings in Souran village near Azaaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

In the eastern countryside of Aleppo, dens and vehicles equipped with various machine guns for ISIS terrorists were destroyed in the area surrounding the Air force academy, al-Areemeh and Abad villages, Deir Hafer town and al-Bab city.

Despite of all above mentioned challenges, our people will continue to work for peace and safety. They will continue preparing for a good future for their children. Syria was in the past a beacon of light and we have great hopes that it will once more be one in the future as well with continuous co-existence, which has been one of the pillars of our nation. We, as the Armenian Community in Syria, will remain faithful and will keep our houses, churches, and organizations alive.

Being in the midst of the storm and yet at the same time having the grace and the power of Jesus Christ as such a reality in our lives where we can say, “The storms may rage, but through the power of God, they can’t destroy us.

We will stand with firm belief and will always be upfront in assessing the needs of our community and act accountably. We will continue to pray that violent conflict comes to end, and reconciliation processes begin.

Rev. Haroutune Selimian, President
Armenian Protestant Community in Syria