United We Stand Tall
Five years ago an urgent appeal was transmitted from Syria and the AMAA responded. A monumental and collective effort has been maintained since then, and the need continues to grow. Even as news of a ceasefire caused many to breath a small sign of relief, our brothers and sisters in Syria need us now more than ever.
Our commitment remains to those who have lost loved ones and livelihoods, and who have been uprooted from their homes. Our relief efforts, for the past six years, affects a generation of children and youth who have had opportunities taken from their grasps. Our collective voice is a ray of light rising from among scattered ashes, which continue to smolder.
Our impact in Syria reaches back and reminds us of our common bond, back to that fateful day in 1915. A 101 year old journey, which touches those far beyond Syria. We stand tall on the journeys of our brothers and sisters, passed from generation to generation. It is 2016 and our adversaries continue to place hurdles before us. From the “emergency expropriation” decision to confiscate the recently restored St. Giragos (Surp Giragos) Church in the Diyarbakir region of present-day Turkey, among a range of other religious sites to the current Azeri assault on the Nagorno-Karabagh border, we stand united to overcome and persevere.
Existing under a fragile cease-fire since 1994, violated regularly by sniper-fire, the “frozen conflict” between Nagorno-Karabagh and Azerbaijan erupted into a full-scale attack by the Azeris on April 2nd. The AMAA commits resources for humanitarian aid to the families of casualties, the countless number of those injured, and relief supplies to volunteer servicemen and defenders of the border.
We stand firm on our position and ask those with the ability, to stop the suffering. We will continue to take action to provide sustained access to immediate relief, resources and avenues of support to our people. We ask that you continue to stand with us and help us continue our efforts.
Inspirational March Update from Rev. Haroutune Selimian
Unfortunately, a week before the date, when all the news agencies were promoting the ceasefire there was a major security threat to Aleppo. A mortar bomb has hit the most Armenian populated are in Nor kugh and damaged buildings and burned cars and shops.
As a result of the missiles targeting the above-mentioned area, two Armenian citizens lost their lives (Nvart Fourounjian-Asadourian, b. 1955) and (Kevork Apraham Mgrditchian, b. 1994).
The latest development in Aleppo City is that electricity has returned for the first time since the war inflamed Syria, on the 4th of March for 3 hours a day. Water is also a serious problem, which did not find its way to us so far.
One of our great services in this time of war is “Bethel Polyclinic” Ministry, which serves the Syrian people regardless of denominational affiliation by assisting those in need of medical care and helping patients with chronic diseases in need of long-time medical assistance.