Boston, Mass.—The Armenian nation is far too familiar with the struggle of maintaining our identity and the challenge to persevere through the many inhumane cards life has dealt us. Due to the safe haven Armenians found in the Syrian community following the events of the Armenian Genocide, the small northwestern town of Kessab was once densely populated by Armenians. However, we have yet again been confronted with defending our homes as the pop
ulation was forced to evacuate. Forced to flee to nearby Latakia and Bassit, over 700 Christian families of Kessab have been displaced.
On Friday, April 4th the Armenian community of the Greater Boston area gathered at the entrance of the Tip O’Neill Federal Building in downtown
Boston to bring awareness to the current events taking place in Kessab and to condemn Turkey’s role in the destruction. Organized by the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter and the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, over 100 human rights activists gathered to protest the State Department’s failure to condemn the perpetrators of the invasion and occupation. The Massachusetts offices of the Department of State are located in the O’Neill building, making it the ideal spot to stress the hypocrisy evidenced by the Department’s silence regarding the role of its NATO-ally Turkey. According to eyewitness accounts, the Al-Qaeda affiliated extremists openly passed through a Turkish military base to cross the Syrian border and attack the town and villages of Kessab.
The group mar ched holding signs stating the facts and chanted various slogans, “Obama, Open up your eyes!
Don’t support terror! Turkey run, Turkey hide, Turkey’s on Al Qaeda’s side. State Department, can’t you see, Al Qaeda’s ally is Turkey,” as officials and passers-by read through pamphlets, asked questions, and made phone calls spreading the word. The Armenian Youth Federation of the Greater Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter and the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts seek justice once again and stand in solidarity with our fellow diasporans who have recently been forced out of their homes in Kessab.
About Carnie Armenian, a California native, was raised overseas in Russia and Saudi Arabia where in its scarcity she realized and appreciated the true value of her Armenian heritage. Upon moving to Las Vegas, she built a connection with local Armenians where she pioneered the establishment of the Las Vegas AYF “Sosse Mayrig” chapter. Currently pursuing her Master in Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, Armenian has taken an active role in the AYF Eastern Region.
Source: The Armenian Weekly