Armenian Kids Made to Leave Sourp Khatch in Aghtamar
Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:10 AM
Sat, Aug 21 2010
By: Nanore Barsoumian
AGHTAMAR, Turkey (A.W.) - A group of Armenian children from Armenia were
told to leave Sourp Khatch church on the island of Aghtamar for
lighting candles, singing, and praying.
Turkish policeman asks Armenian students singing "Der Voghormia" to
leave the "museum."
The children, who were winners of the Hay Aspet's (Armenian Knight) TV
contest, were on a visit to Turkey.
Karin Tonoyan, founder and host of the show, told News.am that the
children wanted to light candles in the church, `but policemen said
that it is forbidden, as `it is a museum and the walls will be
stained.' I told the children to stand in the center, not to stain the
walls. The Children started singing and praying; but suddenly a
policeman came and told us to leave the church.'
Tonoyan said that the kids left the church, but continued to sing
outside it. They were not allowed to burn incense by the Khatchkars
(cross-stones) or gravestones in the church's surrounding area.
`The children tried to burn incense near one of the khatchkars but a
Turkish policeman came up and stepped on it,' Tonoyan said.
A video clip posted on YouTube shows the kids singing `Der Voghormya'
(`Lord Have Mercy') as they are being told to step outside, where they
continue singing the hymn. To watch the clip, click here.
Established in 2005, Hay Aspet Educational Philanthropic Fund is an
organization based in Yerevan, which aims to encourage youth
patriotism and activism in schools, through extracurricular
activities, after school programs, and campaigns. One of their recent
projects was organizing a children's trip to historic Armenia, which
ended on Aug. 17.
Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:53 AM
Where is Boghos? He was aking about the words of Ter Voghormia.
Of course. This is a sneak preview of what is to come on Sept. 19.
Edited by Arpa, 22 August 2010 - 11:33 AM.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:22 PM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:38 AM
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