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  • Near East Foundation To Be Honored at Armenian Genocide Tribute

    Near East Foundation To Be Honored at Armenian Genocide Tribute

    17 Feb 2005 07:37:00 GMT

    Source: NGO latest

    Near East Foundation (NEF) - USA
    Website: http://www.neareast.org
    Ryan LaHurd, president of the Near East Foundation, and the consul generals from Cyprus, Syria, Ethiopia and Uruguay will be among those honored by the Armenian community for their efforts in supporting survivors of the Armenian Genocide at the "International Relief, Refuge, and Recognition Tribute."

    The tribute, to be held February 24 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, is one of a series of local, national and international events commemorating and raising awareness of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Founded in response to the genocide, the Near East Foundation also celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2005. The Armenian event is being organized by the Armenian Assembly, the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.

    From 1915 until 1930, Near East Relief (the Near East Foundation's original name) administered $117,000,000 to those in need. Very early in the relief effort, attention focused on helping rescued orphans to become self-supporting and contributing members of the communities that absorbed them. Cyprus, Syria, Ethiopia and Uruguay opened their doors and now are home to well-established Armenian communities.

    Commented Western Office Chairman Richard Mushegain, "Near East Relief is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of Armenians and making possible productive futures for more than 130,000 orphans."

    Last October the Near East Foundation received the 2004 Freedom Award from the Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region--their most prestigious "for your organization's longstanding history of aiding the Armenian people and others in their darkest hours."

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    [COLOR="Lime"][CENTER][B]GIVE US A REASON TO FORGIVE, RECOGNIZE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]

    [CENTER][I][COLOR="Red"][B]"We must remind the Turkish Government that when they had Sultan Abdul Hamid, we had Andranik Pasha, Serob Aghbyur, and Gevorg Chaush. When they had Taleat pasha, we had Soghomon Tehleryan. New Hrants will be born, and our struggle will go on. [/B][/COLOR][/I][/CENTER]

    [COLOR="Black"][CENTER][B]"Hrant Dink's murder is tragic proof that the Turkish government - through its campaign of denial, threats and intimidation against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide - continues to fuel the same hatred and intolerance that initially led to this crime against humanity more than 90 years ago."[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]
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