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Latest update : 2014-06-20

Syria’s Armenians: Fleeing war for new hardship in their ancestral land

With the war, thousands of Armenians who have lived in Syria for several generations, mainly in Aleppo, have sought refuge in Armenia. But for many of them, returning to the land of their ancestors is a disappointment.

Armenia is poorer than pre-war Syria. Without work or prospects in their host country, and despite government and church handouts, many have difficulty making ends meet and hope to go back to Syria once peace returns. Others dream of trying their luck in Europe or North America. Finally, some resign themselves to their situation and attempt to build a new life in this country that they do not know. Our reporters went to Yerevan to meet these Syrian Armenians.

Watch the FRANCE 24 Debate: Syria's Armenians: Christians Torn Between War-Hit Home and Exile

By Sophie CLAUDET , François LESCALIER

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2014-12-19 Argentina

Argentina: The Kirchner era

The woman dubbed by some the new Eva Perón is a divisive figure. Cristina Kirchner succeeded her husband, Nestor, as president of Argentina back in 2007. A year ahead of...

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2014-02-14 Cameroon

Central African Republic and the 'convoy of hope'

Despite the presence of French troops and an African Union-led peacekeeping force, the situation in the Central African Republic remains extremely volatile. Clashes between the...

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2014-12-12 China

China: An 'Africatown' in Guangzhou

With twelve million inhabitants, Guangzhou, in southern China, is the third largest city after Shanghai and Beijing. Like the rest of globalised China, it attracts people from...

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2014-12-05 France

Do French Jews have reason to fear?

"For the first time in 70 years, France has become a country of Jewish emigration". This is how the Chairman of France’s Central Consistory, Joël Mergui, gloomily sums up the...

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2014-11-28 Lebanon

Lebanon's Shebaa, a village caught in the crossfire

It’s just another small Sunni village in southern Lebanon. But Shebaa, a Hezbollah stronghold on the crossroads of Israel and Syria, is now a flashpoint in a spreading war. With...

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