April 24, 2015 marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Almost 1.5 million people lost their lives, an entire nation was uprooted, their culture eradicated, properties stolen and confiscated and monuments demolished. Survivors were forced to change their identity. Others survived miraculously in the deserts of the present day Syria and Mesopotamia.
Several projects marking this period of modern Armenian history have been launched. Armenia and major Diaspora organizations have been planning the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide since long time.
This project aims to go beyond the 100 years benchmark and highlight the Armenian identity, its richness and multiple resources, through the establishment of new bridges among the different elements that have shaped the modern Armenian identity throughout the world, as well is in the homeland and in the historic Armenia.
This project aims at recording the visits to different Armenian communities in order to enhance more interaction with the Armenians and their friends worldwide, engaging them with the present day issues of Armenia and the Armenians worldwide. Prior to these visits and fieldwork, extensive research and contacts would be made in order to make the best benefits out of these rare occasions.
In this increasingly globalized world, Armenians could easily claim to be a global nation even centuries ago.
It is time to get ahead of the events and make a positive use of our Armenian dispersion on this planet.