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Saturday, December 20, 2008

A sprinkle of Ghana & Ethiopia!

Last night, our dear friends brought over dinner & cooked it for us in our kitchen:) A special guest, Adiki also joined us. She is a student at a college in our area from Ghana. What a fun night!! Thanks Hoecks!!


  1. We are so glad you decided to adopt from Ethiopia. They are very special to Armenians. We share a very ancient and close relationship even in Jerusalem, where we share the Armenian Christian Quarter with Ethiopian Priests. Please read the TRUE story of 40 orphans. I hope on your next trip to Ethiopia you can stop by our Church or the Ararat Club. 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.

    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.

  2. Kari, I have a friend who has just become DTE on Dec 23, and she wants to get on the YG. I can not find it on the Yahoo Groups search anymore. Can you send her the link to it or a way to get on it. Since we switched over to Rwanda, I do not have access to it anymore. Her email is Thank you so much and Zoe looks so great in her Ethiopian outfit! Thanks, Emily Bowers


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