Hripsime Der Bedrossian Balion tells the story of her grandfather. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As Burj Hammoud commemorates the centenary of the Armenian genocide, some of the neighborhood's older residents recall the tragic stories from their parents and grandparents who were forced to flee in 1915 . Vahram Karagouzian, an 83-year-old who runs a clothing shop just off the main street in Burj Hammoud, told a harrowing story of the death of his mother's father at the hands of Ottoman soldiers.Around 20,000 to 30,000 Armenians were killed in the 1909 Adana massacre, a harbinger of the even larger disaster to come.When she [arrived] in Syria, she used the [money] to educate and feed them".The stories of the Armenian diaspora are all marked with tragedy, but by virtue of being told by the families of survivors, they are sometimes also stories of resilience and escape. More than 4,000 people were evacuated from Musa Dagh by French and British ships.
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