HIDDEN ARMENIANS OF TURKEY PARTNER WITH AVC

On August 5th, 2015, AVC hosted a group of 80 hidden Armenians from Turkey who were visiting Armenia as part of the Ari Tun project carried out by the Ministry of the Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia. By revealing their national identity, the group sought to rediscover the language, culture, and history of their ancestors. AVC is a unique tool allowing for such discoveries.

Raffi Bedrosyan, a dedicated Armenian and the founder of Project Rebirth, led the group in Armenia. Bedrosyan helped the group reconnect with their Armenian roots, as well as their language and culture. The group included orphaned descendants of the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide forced to take on the

Islamic faith by both Turks as well as Kurds. Over the course of their lives, they discovered their hidden Armenian origins and found the courage to speak about their ordeals and visit their ancestral Homeland. The group members aged 15 to 70, with various social-economic backgrounds – including teachers, lawyers, housewives and pensioners came from different parts of modern day Turkey, including Hamshen, Diyarbakir, Dersim, etc., The knowledge of the Armenian language also varied from member to member; the participants from the Hamshen region spoke a dialect of Armenian, while others spoke only Turkish and some knew only a few words of Western Armenian.

Turkish was added to the instructional languages at AVC specifically with this population in mind so that hidden Armenians in Turkey and elsewhere else could finally have access to an Armenian education. A significant number of this group has since enrolled in AVC courses.

 
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