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Plight Of Kessab Armenians Attracts International Attention

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Last Thursday, Armenians throughout the world marked the somber occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Around 1.5 million Armenians are estimated to have died in what is now known as the first genocide of the 21st century. 

This year, the fighting in Syria, and specifically in one traditional Armenian community – Kessab – has brought the memories of a century ago alive in a new and frightening way for the valley’s Armenian community. Barlow DerMugrdechian, the Coordinator of Fresno State’s Armenian Studies Program joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the situation in Kessab and the politics surrounding the recognition of the genocide.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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