My name is Tigran Majarian. I started working for AADAP in May of 2007 and have come to realize that this job is the best I have ever had. I’ve learned a lot about ethnic diversity, tolerance and impacting lives in a positive way.
Born and raised in different country, when I came to the States with my parents, we discovered so much that was new to us. Like for any family, it was hard to adjust to new lifestyles and mentalities in the beginning. Sadly, I lost my father after just over a year of arriving and was employed for short times. Never had any trouble with language, or should I say languages, since on top of fluent English, I could easily communicate in Russian, native Armenian, as well as French and Turkish. I learned Turkish from my parents and grandparents, who were survivors of Armenian Genocide in the early stages of last century.
Come April 24, 2015, Armenians will commemorate 100 years anniversary of this crime against not only our nation, but humanity. It was carried out by the then Ottoman Empire, currently, country of Turkey. Despite this genocide being recognized by 20 countries, 42 US States, and many international organizations like European Union, Government of Turkey still manages to deny the fact, citing to tragic consequences of World War I. However, this horrific tragedy of immense proportions is like a scar in the heart of every Armenian alive and spread all around the world. As a consequence of genocide, only 3.5 million of 10 million overall Armenians live in their native land, Armenia. My grandparents were miraculous survivors of first genocide in past century, followed by Jewish Holocaust during World War Two (1941-1945). They told me about their friends, family and relatives who disappeared, were deported or killed in front of them. When recalling those painful events, they would break into tears and ask us, future generations to always remember this despicable crime, so it would never ever happen again, not only against Armenians, but to any nation or ethnicity on Earth.
Over these five years at AADAP, I developed good relationships and am grateful to be employed for so long. I sincerely hope to continue the journey for many years to follow.