HETQ – During a recent trip to Istanbul, I was constantly taking notes of the people I met along the way.These were Armenians, both locals and those from Armenia, Kurds, Turks… Here’s a sample few:
Hovik Shahinyan – 13 years-old
Eliza – Hovik’s aunt
Zhanna – Hovik’s sister; 15 years-old
Hakob – Hovik’s father, who is physically disabled and can hardly move around
Most Armenians from the RA are located in Istanbul. It’s easier to find work here than in other Turkish cities. Then again, you have the local “Bolsahay” community with its churches, schools and other institutions.
I assume it creates a security blanket of sorts.
While the exact number of Armenians from Armenia now residing in Turkey is unknown, rest assured that the Turkish security agencies know where each lives.
Arayik, whose been living in Istanbul for the past 13 years told me, “They can round us up at any time. Arayik has had his share of run-ins with the cops. Each month he returns to Moscow in order not to violate his visa requirements. The next day he returns to Turkey.
Many follow Arayik’s example. Others make the trip to Georgia. Most return the following day.
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