California Grandmother in Midst of Walking Record Setting 215 Miles in 19 Days

MODESTO (PR Newswire)–Zabel Ekmejian of Moraga–CA–is taking part in a historical march from Fresno–Calif. to Sacramento. She and more than a dozen other Armenia’s are walking 19 days and 215 miles in solidarity with the 1.5 million forgotten victims of the Armenian genocide.

"I took no measures to prepare for the walk. I didn’t change my diet or do anything that I don’t normally do," said Ekmekjian. "My strength and motivation is with the Lord and with his help I am determined to make it to Sacramento."

Ekmekjian and the group of young Armenia’s have already walked more than 130 miles in their first week. They walk whether it’s scorching hot or pouring rain. They sleep in churches and eat from a lunch truck that travels with them.

"Ninty years have passed since the Genocide and we still have not received justice for the millions of lost lives," said Ekmekjian. "The least I can do is to sacrifice myself for a few weeks in an effort to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide and the plight of my family."

Ekmekjian’s father survived the Genocide but she lost many other family members in the brutal killings between 1915 and 1923. As a result of the forced exodus from his home Ekmekjian’s father–Garabed Kassabian–was split apart from the rest of his family at the age of five.

"I have no pain and with the will of God will be able to walk all the way to Sacramento," said Ekmekjian. "What amazes me most is the will of the young people in our group."

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