The youth to be “praying” for peace in the Near East along with the Pope (Prayer for Iraq)

Born in Iraq and living in Armenia, Arpi Bedrosian and Karin Avakian will be participating in the Ecumenical Ceremony of Pope Francis at Republic Square on June 25. With soil brought from their birthplace, they will join the Pope as he says a prayer for the establishment of peace in the stormy region.

We present Hayern Aysor’s short coverage of the Iraqi-Armenian youth.

Arpi Bedrosian

Arpi Bedrosian was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She is 18 years old. Her ancestors migrated from the Teghut village of Msho Akhlat province during the years of the Armenian Genocide and reached Iraq after undergoing many trials and tribulations. Settling in Iraq, they didn’t break down or lose hope. Instead, they lived and created, started a family, but always longed for the homeland and hoped that they would see it again someday.

The year 2003 became the year for them to turn their wishes into a reality. The Bedrosians moved to Armenia. Arpi, who has lived in a country in war and is a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, said the following as she talked about her notions of peace in an interview with Hayern Aysor: “I think each person needs to seek peace within him and in his soul. If everyone finds peace within, there will be world peace. After all, mankind is responsible for the devastating events taking place today.”

Karin Avakian

Karin Avakian was born in Iraq. During the years of the Armenian Genocide, her ancestors migrated from Van, reached the Iraqi city of Dohuk and finally settled in Baghdad. Living in Iraq, they started a family, worked and manage to get back on their feet.

In 2005, the Avakians decided to settle in the homeland. Today, they say it was the most important decision in their lives and never regret.

Hearing about the Armenian Genocide and seeing the war in Iraq, Karin has her own understanding of peace, which is the following: “By saying peace, I understand condescension and tolerance. If people are condescending and tolerant, there won’t be fights and disputes, much less wars.”

In an interview with Hayern Aysor, Iraqi-Armenian Karin Avakian said she never thought she would have the opportunity to see the Pope and so up close. “When I found out that I was going to participate in the Ecumenical Ceremony of the Pope, I was very happy that I would participate in that historic event. It’s a great joy to see such a notable and peace-loving person like the Pope.”

Karin really wants the visit of the Pope to become decisive for Armenia and contribute to the establishment of peace in the region.

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