GLENDALE — As the war rages on in Syria, the calls for help are reaching donors, whose contributions raised $100,000 for the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF). With the latest transfer, the total SARF contributions for Syrian Armenians reached one million dollars.
“Thanks to the caring, compassionate and highly responsible spirit of our donor public, we have reached this milestone,” Zaven Khanjian, SARF Executive Committee Chairperson. He added, “As we cannot reach each individual donor personally, we take this opportunity to salute every one of them around he nation who contributed from $5 to $25,000.”
The latest donations included two $10,000 donations. One was from the European based family of the late Dr. Iskandar Kassis of Aleppo; the other was from Dr. Noubar Ouzounian, an entolaryngologist in Anaheim California.
Even before comprehending the full impact of the losses in Kessab, and as the Nor Kyough neighborhood of Aleppo braces for more bombs, the Armenians of Mosul in Iraq had to run for their lives and the cycle of violence continues echoing the struggles of those who survived the Armenian Genocide.
The Demise of the Diasporan Motherland
It is unbearable for all to watch the demise of the Motherland Diasporan community at the onset of the Genocide Centennial. As a community far away from the deliver of help to those affected by the crisis, it lifts the spirits, when stories of courage are heard and optimism that emanate from evacuation centers, Armenian community members need to do their part to get involved to support solutions to the crisis, because financial assistance is only a stop gap measure to sustain the affected communities.