“…Children’s games in the streets were suddenly interrupted but they wanted to play more with their Armenian friends, they wanted to listen together to tales of their grandparents in the dusty streets of Van, Kars and Bitlis.
Without telling the reason why our Armenian friends left, they taught us to forget 24 April, to forget the games we played and the stories we were told…”
I met the Turkish-Armenian working group members of AEGEE-Ankara who were opened for cooperation with AEGEE-Yerevan. I discovered so many similarities between Armenian and Turkish people. After that I thought: “I definitely need to contribute to the peace building process of our two nations.” Soon after the Agora the Armenian-Turkish working group of AEGEE-Yerevan was established. Active cooperation has started with the project called AEGEE Virtual Traveller, which gives both members of AEGEE-Yerevan and Ankara an opportunity to write about the other countries without having visited it. You can check it here: http://aegeetraveller.wordpress.com/. Furthermore, the Turkish-Armenian working group of AEGEE-Ankara visited Yerevan around the Armenian Genocide Memorial day and discussed the future projects about which you will hear in the future.
Summing up, I just wanted to share my story and efforts we all make for our peaceful future. I am really proud to have this cooperation well established and wish good luck to both working groups for their future projects. That is how I see AEGEE contributing to its PEACE AND STABILITY pillar, that is how I am being proud of my association.
Wrtitten by Shushan Khachatryan, AEGEE-Yerevan &
Content Manager of AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project
Group photos by Shushan Khachatryan
Photograph of the Armenian Genocide memorial by M. Megi