Participant of the 2016 “Ari Tun” Program: “I hope to find my Syrian-Armenian friends through the “Ari Tun” Program”

 Varoujan Kakoian, who is participating in the 3rd stage of the “Ari Tun” Program of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, moved from Aleppo to Armenia with his family due to the Syrian war in March. He had never been to the Homeland until then.

 In an interview with Hayern Aysor, Varoujan said he liked the sites in Armenia and the parks in Yerevan where he often strolls with his parents. What especially attracted Varoujan were the stones and cliffs in Armenia, which give him strength and confidence.

 During the interview, Varoujan didn’t hide the fact that he missed Aleppo, his home, school and friends a lot. He constantly remembers the games they used to play in the yard and the summer camping events and hopes for the “return” of those days.

“I knew about the “Ari Tun” Program and that Syrian-Armenian children in Armenia also had the chance to participate in the program. This is what motivated me to participate,” Varoujan said, adding that he really wants to meet Syrian-Armenian boys and girls so that he can at least find his friends among them. He can’t wait for the camping event in Tsaghkadzor so that he can have fun and learn Armenian songs and dances at the “Ari Tun” Camp.

 Talking about his dreams, Varoujan said he wanted to become a surgeon so that he could cure all of his patients. He also likes to sing and draw and has even learned how to play chess with his relative, Ashot Nadanian.

Gevorg Chichyan

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