A Call for Help for Our Brothers and Sisters in Aleppo

The entrance of the Sahakian Elementary School, founded in 1927 through a donation from the Armenian Diasporan communities of India and Brazil

The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Western USA issued a statement on Tuesday condemning recent attacks on Aleppo’s mainly Armenian inhabited district of Nor Kyough by extremist Islamist opposition forces, which have led to loss of lives and the destruction of historic properties that were important to Syria’s Armenian community.

In condemning the attacks on Nor Kyough, the ARS WUSA is also calling on the community to lend a helping hand to those in Syria who are in dire need by making financial donations. Below is the full statement from the ARS WUSA.

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The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA joins the greater ARS family and the Armenian community, to condemn the recent attacks in Syria, in particular the Armenian populated ‘Nor Kyough’ suburb of Aleppo. Armenian community institution buildings have been destroyed or partially damaged, due to anti-Armenian attacks, alongside them, the ARS Syria shelter where many Armenians are provided with shelter and food.

Despite the calamities, the Syrian-Armenian community courageously continues its struggle for survival. However, our brethren cannot continue to endure without our support and assistance.

The ARS cannot stand idly by in the face of these inhumane acts. The Armenians in Syria are in desperate need for our assistance and it is our duty to lend our brethren a helping hand.

With the objective of mitigating the disaster, the ARS Regional Executive calls upon its membership to immediately step into action, with the support of their families and friends, by providing financial assistance to our Syrian Armenian brethren.

ARS Regional Executive Chairperson, Lena Bozoyan states, “We are saddened and outraged by the direct bombardments on the Armenian communities and establishments in the ‘Nor Kyough’ region of Aleppo, Syria. We demand from all human rights organizations, as well as responsible parties, to intervene and save innocent lives. We will do our best to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters in the disaster zone.”

For additional information or to make donations please contact (818) 500-1343 or email office@arswestusa.org.


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  1. Hratch said:

    The only effective call for help should be to the ROA. The government should immediately organize an airlift for all those wishing to escape to the motherland. What good is it to have a national homeland if it can’t even provide for its people in times of crisis?

    Asking the average person for small pittance will not change a thing. This requires the power of government. As an recognized entity, the ROA has membership in countless international organizations and is represented in most world governmental bodies. Theirs is the only call for help to overcome this tragedy.

    • zarkim said:

      Thank you brother.
      If you care to study the whole chain of events, some were trying to get out but came under fire…
      There were casualties and abductions… They cannot get out. Turkey allows ISIS to attach them. They are surrounded.
      Since then they have been instructed to stay put.
      Easier said than done, brother.