Artsakh: Mass Deportation

Photo Credit: The Gospel Project

Dear Friends of the AMAA,

Today, we turned another page in the tragic history of our nation.
We lost Artsakh, the last bastion of historic Armenia.
What’s wrong with our nation?
What’s wrong with our people?
What’s wrong with Armenia?
I will stop the questions as I do not have any answers and am not seeking one right now.
We need to keep silent for a while and contemplate instead.
The heinous crime of starving people for 10 months and assault the hungry and powerless at the end is over. Some of the twenty-first century witnesses were on the ground. Most others poured sugar and rice from a distance.
Artsakh is depopulated. Artsakh is being evacuated.
Is being? No, Artsakh is evacuating itself with the help of the masters of cynicism, the Azeris.
Earlier, I spoke with Viktor Karapetyan, the AMAA Representative in Artsakh who called to say goodbye to his birthplace, his home, his office, his church and his mission.
I have always asked him to prioritize his and his family’s safety and security.
I had one request from him. I said, “Bring the keys with you”.
I will one day contemplate on that but today we want to collectively turn to God seeking mercy, compassion, wisdom, guidance and peace.
Along with anger, tears, shame, pain, indignation, fury, guilt and frustration, what we need is peace. God’s peace and redemption.

Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO
September 25, 2023
Glendale, CA

Pictured Above: Mass exodus today from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) as our Armenian compatriots, 120,000 in number, are unwillingly leaving their homeland, cleansed from their native land, and fleeing to Armenia to escape Azerbaijan’s brutality.

The AMAA thanks all participants who joined AMAA’s Pray + Act For Artsakh virtually or in spirit. To watch the prayer event, please click the video below.

We ask you to please consider donating to help our Armenian Brothers and Sisters from Artsakh.

You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.” -Psalm 10:17-18