28 April 2010

National Geographic Blogs & Genocide Memorial Day

I know it's a few days late, but in recognition of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian genocide (April 24), I would like to share two interesting articles I came across while surfing National Geographic online.

First, a personal story by photojournalist Alexandra Avakian, from her blog, Windows of the Soul:
Tough Situations in Difficult Countries.

And in contrast, here's a post from NatGeo News Watch, a blog authored by David Braun:
How Trees are Restoring Hope to Armenia.

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We didn't go to Tsitsernakaberd this year as it was pouring rain, but that didn't stop everyone. The memorial was packed with Armenians and genocide sympathizers who had come from all corners of the globe to commemorate the atrocities of 1915. Everything was televised, and Armenians in other parts of the country who chose not to travel to Yerevan held their own remembrance services in their hometowns, as witnessed and recorded by Emily Haas, a Peace Corps volunteer currently stationed in Yeghegnadzor, a town in the Vayots Dzor region of southern Armenia. (She has an interesting blog, too!)

To see what the Yerevan proceedings are like on a sunny day, check out my entry from 2009.

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