Thursday, February 26, 2009

Heartwarming

I came across this article through one of my online adoption groups. What a wonderful story.

2 comments:

Ferrick said...

Cat, we have so much more to talk about. I knew when I met you we were so much a like. Regardless of your future plans, we need to get together more often and just talk. Love you blog and your family...love how you all live life and have priorities in line. You are special people and I am blessed to know you. Susie

Anonymous said...

Thank you for adopting from Ethiopia. I want to share a true story of 40 Armenian Orphans and why the cultures are so close. Enjoy the photos!

Armenian Christians share the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem with the Ethiopians we have many roots in common. Armenia was the first Christian Nation in 301 AD, and one of our saints (Mesrop Mashdots- who actually developed our unique alphabet and language so we could read the bible ALSO developed the alphabet for the Ethiopians. The Alphabets are both similar. They have shared this with the Ethiopians and Koptics for Centuries.
http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Rediscovering_Armenia_Guidebook-_Armenian_Quarter_Of_Jerusalem

In the 1920s, just after the Genocide of 1.5 million Christian Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. There were many Armenian children left without parents, they were slaughtered in front of them and many of the children were given to Kurds to sell or Armenians paid to have Kurds take their children to safety. Some of the children were sold to moslems in Harems, house keepers, etc.,
But many were taken to an orphanage in Jerusalem, where 40 ARmenian orphans started a brass band. The King of Ethiopia made a visit to Jerusalem and was entertained by the orchestra, he was saddened to learn they were orphans without a family.
The King of Ethiopia declared "I will adopt them all and they will be children of Ethiopia"
Armenians prospered in Ethiopia, with a beautiful church, they where business owners and wrote the first national anthym of Ethiopia called "Hail God to thee"
Because of many years of neighboring Moslem countries invading and cutting Ethiopia off economically, many of the educated ARmenians have left the country.
http://www.azad-hye.net/news/viewnews.asp?newsId=100dsz67
PHOTOS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_Armenians
http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=The_Armenians_of_Ethiopia:_A_Community_of_Survivors