Mahdesian had left Kasab a month ago, but his father was one of the last Armenians to flee.
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Seated outside the clothes shop in Burj Hammoud where he works, Syrian-Armenian Ararad Mahdesian gazes into the distance, reminiscing about the place he still calls home.Located on the border with Turkey, Kasab is a historical town with an ethnic Armenian population that dates back to the medieval Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.The effects of the town's seizure has been heavily felt in Lebanon's bustling Burj Hammoud, a sprawling suburb northeast of Beirut that was founded by survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and is the hub for the 200,000 or so members of the Lebanese-Armenian community.Kasab is now thought to be entirely vacant of the Armenian community that has inhabited the area for centuries and endured prior tragedies including the 1909 Adana Massacre and the genocide six years later.Kazanjian visited the displaced Syrian-Armenian community in Latakia last Saturday.Kazanjian said that more than 300 people were holed up in a church in Latakia and were short on basic necessities.
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