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The Best of the Boys are Leaving… Or Are They?

We have sung from childhood about living in a diaspora pining for the homeland. I have never felt the strength of this song until the day I sat down the kids of Gyumri during the AYF Summer Camp and along with some of the most patriotic people I know, sanf this song to them. My eyes filled with tears. I have gone away from my homeland, we sang, I have left my friends and family. We sand we will once again be reunited. Such an old concept and so very relevant to our days as well. The fire in my heart consumed me from that day onward, when the group of 100+ individuals of varying ages, 8-17 years old, stood up and gave a standing ovation, each moved by the sincerity in our voices. It haunted me for years and to this day is the single proudest moment of my life. It was also the song that took over my mind every time I visited Canada after my move to Armenia in 2013.

Today, it is another song that keeps me up at night and brings me to tears. It is another melody and other lyrics that fill my heart with longing, that batters at everything I have ever believed in. I watch them leaving. Gaggles and masses heading towards flight towards lands that promise rivers of honey and fountains of milk, leaving behind that very thing. Even writing these words, my eyes fill with tears. For with every individual who leaves, thinking the grass is greener on the other side, the land I have pledged to love and protect is left crying out in pain. Like a mother who cannot bear the sight of sending her child away, so is the pain felt by the country as a whole.

So now I sing,”The best of the boys are leaving, looking for their luck in other countries… leaving behind their loved ones and looking for something to fill the void from far away…” I sing that I am the world’s foolish lover and have friends more foolish than I. Boy is that true. For I am considered the fool in leaving behind Canada and coming home to Armenia, while the day’s migrations are taking the opposite route. How wrong you are my friends, but only time will show you exactly how wrong you are….

But are the best of the boys really leaving?

While it is true that many who head out towards the country that has allowed for Syrian refuge are indeed some truly incredible individuals, there are many who are staying put, understanding that while things look shiny from here, what glitters is not always gold. Some have already tried to take a different route, head up to Sweden or elsewhere, and have returned. Some simply do not even entertain the thought of walking away from the place they considered home from the day they were born. What gives me hope is seeing these boys and girls, these men and women, these children and adults who have a certain fire in their eyes and a longing to make things better with their own hands. They say that if you love someone, you let them go. If they come back, they were always yours, and if not… well, you know the rest. I’ve come back along with many others and we are here to stay. The best of the boys are not leaving it appears, but building a better Armenia! I raise a glass in gratitude for those who have not fallen to the lure of faraway lands and who have not lost hope here. They are the best of the boys in my eyes. It’s good to be living among you!

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Finishing Off 2014 with a Bang: Armenian Achievements in the Last Month

Armenian cook Vera Hovhannisyan won a gold medal and a cup at the Culinary World Cup 2014 held in Luxemburg from November 22 to 26. The competition featured more than 1 000 cooks from 60 countries , as well as 105 national, regional and youth teams. Vera Hovhannisyan’s twin sister Rena Hovhannisyan also jointed her in the competitions. The sisters presented two works at the contest and both won gold medals.

During the Warsaw Cup 2014, in Poland, 15-year old, Anastasia Galustyan, representing Armenia won the SILVER Medal, amongst 18 European competitors.

Garnik Harutunyan scored another gold medal for Armenia during the international boxing tournament held in Riga: http://armenpress.am/eng/news/787374/armenian-boxer-scores-medal-at-international-tournament-in-riga.html

As part of Armenian team, Nagorno Karabakh-born Mavrik Nasibyan won a gold medal in 74kg weight category at the 2014 World Sambo Championships in Narita, Japan. http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/185040/

Armenian teams participated and took home 114 top prizes in all different types of sports during 2014, out of which 32 were gold….

Free Language and Computer Classes for Syrian-Armenians!

SOSFor both those holding an Armenian passport and refugee status, KASA Fondation Humanitaire Suisse is offering free Russian and Eastern Armenian language classes, alongside computer skills’ training sessions to aid in the integration process.

For more information, call (055) 44 09 15  or (093) 45 09 15.

Important Information for Syrian-Armenian Refugees

SOSTo the Attention of anyone who needs information on how to register a Syrian-Armenian to gain a refugee status:

UNHCR works through implementing partners. Syrian/Armenians should register with either one the following partner-

Mission Armenia: (010) 44 47 92
Red Cross: (010) 53 78 62

Once they are registered, all affairs will be coordinated with UNHCR and dealt via implementing partner.

Armenia Winner for Best Tourism Poster Competition

Armenia was recognized the winner of the Europe nomination at the UNWTO 2013 Vettor Giusti tourism poster competition.

This news was officially announced today during the 20th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in Zambia and Zimbabwe from 24-29 August.

Presented by the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia and the RA Ministry of Economy, the “Symphony of Stones” poster was named the best among 44 member-countries of the UNWTO Commission for Europe.

The Vettor Giusti tourism posters competition is held every two years on the occasion of the sessions of the UNWTO General Assembly. This year the Assembly is attended by over 140 countries.

The award of Europe’s best tourism poster is the proof of many activities aimed at promotion of diverse and multi-faceted tourism of Armenia. The importance of it lies within the context of increasing the awareness of Armenia’s historical, cultural and religious heritage on the global map, as well as boosting inbound tourism flows.

Armenia’s “Symphony of Stones” poster will be displayed at the entrance hall of the UNWTO building in Madrid and will be viewed on the UNWTO website until the next edition of the Vettor Giusti posters competition in 2015.

Source: http://cf.am/eng/index.php?new=286