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Silence Like a Cancer Grows

The Sound of Silence

Paul Simon’s powerful song “The Sound of Silence” is relevant to any time in history. But especially today, we need reminding that silence, like a cancer, grows into ugliness.

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Murders in Canadian Mosque 2017 and Ottoman Church 1915

Terrorism on mosque in Quebec, Canada

Are the anti-Christian sentiments and violence in 1915 being repeated in reverse in 2017? Do you think it’s impossible for genocide to happen in North America?

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Bittersweet Tale: A Bedouin Sheikh Saved an Armenian Family

Bedouin sheikh saves Armenian family

Five Armenian children were sweetly loved by a Bedouin sheikh and his family, but bureaucracy bitterly interfered with everyone’s happiness.

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How To Make Bulgur in 7 Easy Steps

How To Make Bulgur

It’s the basis of tabbouleh, but do you know how to make bulgur? Here’s the recipe: First, get a bunch of orphans. Then add bushels of wheat…

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The Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Young, innocent Aurora Mardiganian had finally escaped her abusers. Now she was ripe for exploitation by Hollywood, Madison Ave and wartime propaganda.

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Recovery from Sex Slavery in 1917 and 2017

recovery from sex slavery

Aurora Mardiganian and Farida Khalaf were kidnapped during genocide, and taken into slavery in 1917 and 2017 respectively. Could they ever really recover from physical, emotional and sexual abuse?

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Whirling Dervish Sheikh Saved Christians in Konia

Whirling Dervishes by Augustus Hoppin, 1874

The Whirling Dervishes were Sufi Muslims specific to the Konia region. In 1909 the well-respected sheikh of the order saved Armenians and Greeks from massacre.

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Christmas in Aintab with Running Commentary

Christmas at Aintab with photo of Cornelius H. Patton

While he’s no Dylan Thomas, a visiting ABCFM secretary gives us a glimpse into a 1910 Christmas at a mission station. And I add my two cents, too.

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Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Acronyms save time—but only if you know what they mean. ABCFM? ACASR? ACRNE? And what exactly is “Oriental”? This glossary will help you keep it straight.

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We Talk Lazy Talk: The Dangers of Generalization

ABCFM missions in Turkey

Our choice of language affects our relationships, for better or worse. Examine the specifics and generalizations used about Turks, Russians, Armenians, and Americans in Erzroom.

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Meet Kamo Mayilyan, the Man Behind the Book

Kamo Mailyan

“Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad” is off to a good start thanks to the tremendous support by Kamo Mailyan, “the man behind the book.”

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Glossary on Genocidal Period of Ottoman Empire

Where in the World? plus map of Near East for glossory

Is the term Syrian or Assyrian? Why did the Armenian genocide did not occur in Armenia, nor the Greek genocide in Greece? Confused? Check out this brief glossary.

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On the Ground: Siege of Aleppo like Bombardment of Marash

Trench Warfare in Turkey circa 1920 with Red Cross symbol

The diary of a Red Cross nurse gives us a glimpse into what the siege of a city must feel like. Aleppo falls today as Marash did in 1920.

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Aleppo’s Baron Hotel Helps Refugees in 1916 and 2016

Baron Hotel, Aleppo 2010

The owners of the Baron Hotel in Aleppo helped Armenian and Assyrian refugees in 1916. They are helping refugees in the war-torn city today.

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Boycott: 1914 Anti-Christian Ottoman vs. 2016 Anti-Muslim American

Charles Boycott superimposed on a photo of an eviction in Ireland circa 1880

What are the consequences of a boycott against products based on religion? Is it a positive protest or can it lead to something more sinister?

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Welcome to my “Grit and Grace” Blog

13 Near East Relief Workers at Talas, Turkey, circa 1920.

Why should we care about the destruction of an evil empire and the great humanitarian efforts of a hundred years ago? Read my blog regularly to find out.

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