She says that her family has lived as a Turkish family, which in Turkey is an advantage. She adds that while not being nationalistic, her family has, in essence, benefited from this advantage. “But that advantage has derived from tragic events and we have enjoyed that advantage without knowing that it’s built on the sorrow of others,” she says.
Emin Akpinar, a 32 year-old Istanbul based freelance photographer, is a man on a mission to fill in certain questionable aspects of his family’s history.
Umut doesn’t agree with those people who, having recently discovered their Armenian or Greek roots, use the media to spread the news. He thinks that’s it’s a way for these people to rule out the possibility that their forefathers participated in the killings of Armenians.
In the “Affliction of the Patriarch” series, Aret Gıcır depicts the present state of Armenians and Turks. The Armenians have lost their culture and the Turks, their memory.
My music has always been influenced by Armenian melodies and harmonies. Even if I sing in Arabic, the roots are more Anatolian than Arabic
Hetq talks to Bedros Şirinoğlu and Dikran Altun, two influential members of the Armenian community of Istanbul regarding their perceptions of the events of 1915.
And what about the Armenians who come here from Armenia? When I talk to some of them in Armenian, they answer back in Turkish. I ask them, ‘Aren’t you Armenian? Why do you speak Turkish?’
The Emeksiz sisters of Istanbul are on a mission to tell people in Armenia about the fate of their Armenian grandfather Khachik and others who shared the same fate due to the 1915 Genocide.
The Armenian community of Istanbul believes there is only one reason why elections to appoint a new Patriarch Of Constantinople haven’t been held—Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, the acting Patriarch, does not want them to be.
Most Armenians, on the other hand, do not plan to live the rest of their lives in Turkey. They cannot picture themselves as part of Turkish society. However, there are many Armenian migrants who have lived there for ten or more years.
“When it was snowing, my son went out to play. But it was cold and I’m called him to come home. Armenia is our father. So why doesn’t he call us inside?”
The war raging in Syria has made refugees of Dzovig Vahramian’s family.
The Turk of today differs from that of the start of the 20th century and from the Middle Ages. There is no universal or unified conception of being Turkish. Today, a vast portion of Turkey is comprised of a mix of migrants from other countries. Turkey is a huge and heterogeneous country. Thus, I cannot generalize and place all Turks in one category.
“I was thinking about Armenian culture and was asked what it means to survive in a culture of exile, without having the possibility of going to your native places,” says Sheehan.
According to a recent study entitled ‘‘Research on the Socio-Economic Impact of the Turkey-Armenia Border’’ commissioned by the Hrant Dink Foundation it would appear that the closed border between the two neighboring countries is hurting citizens on the Turkish side more than the Armenian.
“But if I did decide to change it, I would have written a more 'blackened garden’” noted De Waal, who added that the Karabakh conflict isn't a frozen as it’s made out to be.
Sivas (Sebastia) is a city in central Turkey and the seat of Sivas Province. The province is said to have a population of 620,000 and the city itself, 300,000.
Residents of one of Yerevan's many administrative districts have even offered to pay for an irrigation water system to water the trees in their yards; however, the municipality keeps postponing addressing the issue.
All of five year-old Davit’s toys were left behind in the Belgian town of Kortenaken. That was the day Belgian officials told Davit’s parents that they were sending the family back to Armenia. Taking only the essentials, the family fled across the border to France.
A June 20, 2014 report issued by the U.S. State Department looking into worldwide human trafficking in 2013 has classified Armenia as a Tier 1 country – i.e., the government fully complies with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards.
Since 2012, some eighty Syrian-Armenians have found refuge here; most from the rural areas of Qamshli, Hassake and Homs.
Hideharu Nakajimahas been to Armenia many times, most recently to participate in a meeting of regional representatives tasked with coordinating events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Getting paid twice as less for the same work abroad can sometimes become an impetus for a migrant to look for work in his own country.
Animal rights activists in Armenia are gearing up to mark World Animal Day with a march on Sunday through the streets of Yerevan.
If political activism may seem boring, hard to understand and, specifically, uninteresting to some people – this isn't the case for Ruzanna Grigoryan, who gained notoriety in the Internet during the “Mockery as a method for civic struggle” action.
Hetq has a reporter at the scene monitoring events and has noted that a photo of President Sargsyan is plainly on view within the polling place.
The rights of children held in custody at the Abovyan Criminal Detention facility are most frequently violated in issues of education. This was stated to Hetq by Laura Gabrielyan, a member of a group of civic observers.