Monday, December 5, 2011

Armenian Adoptions- Orphans of the Genocide (7 minute trailer)

On Friday, December 2, 2011 Director Bared Maronian blessed our school with a screening of Telly Award winning documentary "Orphans of the Genocide". This documentary is also up for an Emmy award and will be telecast on many more PBS channels. This documentary was hit home with the majority of us in Fresno as we are descendants of Armenian orphans and continue to support the orphans of Armenia more than most relief organizations.

Fresno has a very special relationship with Armenian orphanages and their directors. Our sister city Etchmiadzin continues to drive a lot of the policy centered around the care of our children. We must protect them against outside predators who only wish to make money off of them.

By the end of WWI over 150,000 Armenian children were left parentless as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Authorities. Near East Relief commissioned by the US Congress catered to over 132,000 Armenian orphans alone. Orphans of the Genocide is a short film produced by the Armenoid Team. This short documentary includes a feature interview by Maurice Missak Kelechian, whose findings unveiled the secrets of an orphanage in Antoura near Beirut, Lebanon, where 1,000 Armenian Genocide Orphans were being turkified. Mr. Kelechian's research prompted an article by award winning journalist Robert Fisk of The Independent magazine. This short documentary also includes testimonials from children of Armenian Genocide orphans. This 18 minute documentary debuted on April 24, 2010 at the commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Hollywood Florida. The one hour version of Orphans of the Genocide will include a feature interview by award winning journalist Robert Fisk. The Armenoid Team is currently working on expanding "Orphans of the Genocide" to a one hour film

The First lady of Armenia has a special team of surgeons to provide surgeries for the children that are abandoned as a result of medical issues too big for their parents. Our funds are establishing education and support for these parents, so they don't feel the old stigma and fear of caring for a special child.


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