In September, surgeons Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian began a one-week joint surgical humanitarian mission at the Central Republican Hospital in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
The Christmas tree in our capital city’s Republic Square is lit, holiday decorations are up, traffic is congested, people are buying presents, mothers are frantically preparing traditional dishes for their holiday table and children are looking forward to presents and their winter break from school.
I love to walk. I can walk for hours and hours in New York City, my current home. My great-grandmother Lucine loved to walk. In the mid- to late-1950′s, she would walk for miles and miles through Aleppo and into the outskirts with my toddler father on her shoulders.
Franz Werfel’s 1933 novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, portrayed one small Armenian community’s efforts to resist deportation and massacre during the genocide.
We’ve all had those moments when, suddenly, we are not merely witnesses to an instant fraught with meaning, but we are participants in the scene. We see ourselves both in the minute and with a cinematic distance: Camera pulls back wide to reveal the majesty of the spectacle, the sheer grandeur.