Celine's Dispatches - FAR's Intern in Armenia - First Glimpse of Yerevan.



I was three and a half years old when the earthquake ravaged the north-west part of Armenia. Because of my young age, I couldn't apprehend the notion of time. One day back in France, feeling very self-confident , I walked up to my grandpa and told him, "Now I understand why you are here. Your parents fled from the earthquake!"

Today, while leaving a flower on the genocide memorial, I envisioned the shy smile that my grandpa had on his face and clearly remembered his answer, "No that’s not it," he said.





Visiting the Genocide Memorial was a very emotional moment for all of the Young Professionals in the group, especially for one of the women who had grown up with her great-grandmother telling genocide stories, unleashing her ghosts from the past.


We’ve spent the rest of the day in Yerevan visiting FAR’s Children Center, Cascade and Matenadaran (Manuscript Museum).


- Celine

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This is really difficult. After two months in Armenia, my return to the U.S. looms. For the past week I’ve been trying more than ever to process this incredible experience with the hope of being able