Aleppo Armenians blog

Azad-Hye introduces a blog on Aleppo Armenians issues.

Before the Syrian conflict there were some 50-60 thousand Armenians living in Aleppo, the Northern capital of Syria. Unfortunately the war has caused the exit of more than two third of the Armenians. The remaining population, like the majority of the Syrians, lives in dire conditions and faces hardships every day.

Below are links to the recent articles published on the blog.

1) A death and life issue or just regular communal needs

Hrach Kalsahakian highlights the plight of Aleppo Armenians, underlining that what they face is not just a matter of deteriorated living conditions, rather it is a matter of existence. He urges the Armenians worldwide to look into the situation in this perspective and do everything possible to ensure the safe exit of the population from the devastated city.

2) A millionaire and a watchman cannot be friends

Sosi Hadjian tells the story of a known benefactor who visited Buenos Aires coming from a North American country. During his visit he was curious to know the whereabouts of an immigrant, who has just arrived coming from troubled Syria. The immigrant was his childhood friend and they have last met four decades ago. The officials of the Armenian community in the city make an effort to find the immigrant and introduce him to the visitor. They embrace each other and exchange warm feelings, but when the benefactor discovers that the newcomer is employed as watchman in the Armenian institutions, his behavior immediately turns upside down and starts to ignore him. “A millionaire and a watchman cannot be friends”, concludes Sosi.

3) Maundy Thursday

Sosy Mishoyan – Dabbaghian describes the ritual in Saint Hovhannes church in Yerevan, Armenia, during Maundy Thursday. She remembers attending the same ritual in the past in Aleppo, Syria. “If I was going to hear the ritual with closed eyes, I would have been confused: Was I in Aleppo's Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral or in Saint Hovhannes Church in Yerevan?”, she says.

4) Seven Churches

Kevork Hagopjian narrates the story of a young person who visits with his fianc? all the Christian churches in the city of Aleppo, Syria, during the Burial ceremony on Friday before Easter. This was a an old tradition followed by all believers in the city. The young person is now a refugee in the Netherlands, his fianc? has been killed during the Syrian war and all that have remained now were the memories from a not so distant past.

Photo: Holy Trinity Armenian Catholic Church in Aleppo, Syria (known also as “Zvartnots”). Photo copyright: Azad-Hye.