Our Trip To Javakhk

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2013

July 21, 2013


As a young Armenian living in the United States, it is easy to take simple things for granted. I spent this past weekend in Javakhk along with the rest of the volunteers of AYF Canada Youth Corps and began to appreciate things I have taken for granted in the past. Simple resources like properly paved roads, electricity, and clean running water are extremely poor in the Armenian-populated region of Javakhk. In spite of this, the large Armenian population refuses to leave their historical lands simply because it is theirs. It is theirs to protect and it is theirs to cherish. I was struck with such pride when I saw the amount of love the youth had for this region…a region that does not seem to offer them much of a future. Having to see fellow Ungers go through such secrecy and obstacles just to keep their Armenian spirit alive was extremely touching yet difficult to accept. I live in a country that offers all the freedom in the world to carry out my daily activities without even having to think twice. Our Javakhk brothers and sisters walk around with a target on their backs for simply doing what we do on a daily basis, while we do not have to worry at all. Despite the challenges facing the region, Javakhk’s beauty is impossible to forget. I fell in love with the ruins of Akhalkalak that overlooked a beautiful valley of green fields. We all journeyed through a field of wild flowers to reach the shores of Lake Parvana, where I happened to gracefully fall in. But all I could do was laugh because it didn’t matter that my foot was drenched; I was too happy to be somewhere where I can call home. This trip only strengthened my opinion that the Diaspora needs to their utmost to support these Armenians. Through Youth Corps, I was able to get a genuine experience with the people of Javakhk. Saying goodbye to such lovable Ungers has been the most difficult part of my trip thus far. I felt torn as we were leaving the city because there is so much that needs to be done in Javakhk yet I know I have work to do in Vanadzor with my campers


-Lucy Dishoian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer


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