The Armenian Revolution: A change came

2018 will go down in Armenian history as the year the young fought and took back control of their country. A small grassroots movement from the opposition turned into one of the largest protests witnessed in Armenia, and for once political support was pouring in from the diaspora, mainly the younger generation, the expats and the disenfranchised encouraged by what they saw on the news and on their screens. Many would argue the writing was on the wall, but no one believed we would reach this monumental milestone so quickly and with such little struggle. Seven months later Armenia has transitioned into a new government with a mandate to reform and revitalise its economy.

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Writing the Seamstress of Ourfa by Victoria Butler-Sloss

The Seamstress of Ourfa is the first book in a trilogy about my family. It begins in 1895, Ourfa, a thriving, cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire, filled with Turks, Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Maronites and Jews. A city where the fez mixed easily with straw boaters, the veil with abundant, loose hair. Khatoun Khouri (right, with her sewing machine in 1970), a girl of thirteen, meets her husband, Iskender Agha Boghos. Twice her age; a poet, philosopher and a dreamer, he adores her but cannot express it in words. Around them, the Ottoman Empire is crumbling, the world heading towards war and the Armenian minority subjected to increasing repression at the hands of Sultan Abdul Hamid, culminating in the genocide of 1915.

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