As a.network family members, we are asking you to consider helping to show your support for the Armenian people by donating.
Hello a.network family,
As you might be aware there are many of us at a.network who are members of the Armenian community. Armenians in their homeland of Artsakh and Armenia are under attack by Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Early Sunday morning on September 27, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack on Armenia and Artsakh, targeting and shelling of civilian populated areas of schools, hospitals, and homes. Armenia, a country of 3 million people is withstanding attacks from Azerbaijan and Turkey whose populations sum to nearly 95 million, a 30:1 ratio.
As the fighting escalates and the number of civilian and military casualties increase, we join Armenians worldwide to call on the international community for support. Armenians all over the world have been contributing to Armenia Fund in support of their brothers and sisters affected by these horrific acts of war.
As a.network family members, we are asking you to consider helping to show your support for the Armenian people by donating. Any amount makes a huge difference!
Thank you and may peace always prevail!
-Alisa Oganesyan, Sr. Accountant
For more detailed background information on the current circumstances, please see below.
Surviving War Amid the COVID Pandemic
The current events taking place are all too familiar to Armenians, a people of great resilience and perseverance, whose thousand-year history is fraught with changing regimes, persecution, and genocide. In 1915, Armenian ancestors suffered a genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), carried out under the guise of World War I as a distraction to the world – much like what Azerbaijan and Turkey are doing today with their planned attack during the COVID-19 pandemic. Genocide should not be acceptable in 2020!
The Armenian people suffered through pogroms and attacks in Azerbaijan committed by Azeris in both the early and late twentieth century. In the sphere of geopolitics, history has not been favorable to Armenia either – the U.S. considers Turkey a key NATO ally and has delivered $100 million in security aid to oil-rich and corrupt Azerbaijan. This political and financial backing has enabled Azerbaijan to carry out its expansionist agenda without fear of consequence or accountability.
This attack is in clear defiance of the 1994 cease-fire agreement between the two sides. Turkey’s explicit support for Azerbaijan, including the use of over 4,000 Syrian and Libyan jihadist mercenaries, represents a dangerous escalation. The US, UN Security Council, EU, Organization of American States, German Chancellor Merkel, and French president Macron and others have all urged an immediate cessation of hostilities. Even so, Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Turkey president Erdogan continue their campaign against Armenian Christians.
Many in the region had feared this attack since the fighting in July, when the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had targeted civilian and military forces alike, including a PPE factory, in Armenia’s Tavush region. The recent offensives on Artsakh have targeted civilian centers too, including the capital, Stepanakert, where the population has been forced to evacuate to shelters for safety. Today, fighting continues not only in Artsakh, but in Armenia proper as well, where Azerbaijani military forces opened fire on the Vardenis region.
While Azerbaijan has referred to the operation as a “counterattack” to Armenian “provoking,” it is abundantly clear that it premeditated the operation and has done so in collaboration with Turkey. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Sunday that Azerbaijan has his country’s full support. Turkey has provided not only artillery and military aid to Azerbaijan but has also recruited Syrian mercenaries to aid its military forces, a recruitment process that began around a month ago. In the days before the attack, Azerbaijan also called on army reservists for inspection and training and confiscated several private vehicles for military use – actions further suggesting that it premeditated these attacks with support from the Turkish government.
Artsakh’s Defense Minister Jalal Harutyunyan said of the attacks: “Their plans have been clear to us for a long time, the essence of which can be expressed in the following way: to depopulate Artsakh and Armenia of Armenians.”
The result of these atrocities committed by Turkey and Azerbaijan was the formation of the global Armenian diaspora, whose population of 8 million is almost three times that of the Republic of Armenia. One microcosm of the diaspora is the Harvard Armenian Students Association, a collective of undergraduates and graduate students, faculty and staff hailing from the U.S. and U.A.E., all the way to Argentina and even Armenia itself. Despite the odds, we have managed to sustain our communities in our home countries and have found it imperative to once again create a new community together in Cambridge. Armenian heritage, and sadly our tragic past, are the unifying factors among us, and as a community we will not stand for yet another tragedy to define our country.
An outbreak of large-scale war in the South Caucasus could have unpredictable consequences, threatening international security and stability.