PARAMUS, N.J. — Nerses is a Syrian Armenian professional. A graduate of Syrian universities, Nerses had a prosperous dental practice in Aleppo before the Syrian crisis erupted in 2011. Set in the devastated and hard hit Armenian neighborhood of Nor Kiugh, his practice has been severely curtailed. Nerses is also an activist. An avi member of the community dedicated to the service of his people, faithful to his identity and roots and loyal to our national aspiration of truth and justice.
Nerses is set to perpetuate the heroic and historic presence of the Armenian community in Syria, contribute to its rich and resourceful legacy and live in peace and harmony with the indigenous Syrian Arab neighbors whose fathers graciously embraced the survivors of the Genocide; instilled hope to live, opportunity to prosper and freedom to worship.
Nerses and the Syrian Armenian Community continue to suffer as the Syrian conflict continues to spill blood, sow destruction, harvest lives and destroy communities.
Hagop too is a professional dentist and a graduate of Syrian universities. At the outset of the Syrian bloody conflict, he took refuge in a place, Diaspora Armenians have always aspired and dreamt to move to and settle in; the homeland Armenia. Hagop and his young family are eager to anchor in the homeland, settle there and extend roots in the land of their forefathers. Hagop practices his profession in a medical facility owned funded and operated by the Armenian Missionary Association of America – AMAA, that serves the hygienic needs of the impoverished and fellow Syrian Armenian refugees in the homeland.
Hagop is set to anchor in Armenia, despite its economic woes and scarcity of opportunities. He is industrious, creative, spirited and productive. Hagop needs and deserves all the help to own a bird’s nest that he can call home in the homeland.
In the absence of a national strategy to invest the immense potential of the Syrian Armenian refugees in the homeland, we are joyfully burdened to take charge and do our very best to sustain Nerses and Hagop in Syria proper and/or Armenia and diminish the national bleeding caused by the dismemberment of the suffering Syrian masses in the melting pots of the West or the dark and unknown wilderness of the world.
The mission of the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) is to provide financial assistance to Syrian Armenians who are victims of the ravaging Syrian civil war. The Armenian Missionary Association of America is one of the founding member organizations of SARF on the West Coast.
This February 21, the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund – SARF, is set to have a fund raising Telethon to “Save a Life”. Visit www.amaa.org, or thru the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund – SARF’s February 21st Telethon (Tel. 866.888.SARF – website www.SARFtelethon.org to help.