GARMRAKAR–As the 8th ARF Youth Jamboree continued in Armenia this week–over 300 ARF Youth and AYF members from across the world reviewed the political and economic situation in Armenia–and issues facing Artsakh and Javakhk–reported the ARF Youth office.
Lecturers from around the world have joined the youth to discuss development of Armenian political thought in the 20th century–as well as the role of ARF in strengthening democracy in Armenia and assisting in its economic development. In an effort to better comprehend Armenia’s geopolitical environment–lecturers also discussed the current political situation in Turkey and Azerbaijan and their relationship to Armenia and Artsakh.
Besides attending the lectures–the participants have had ample time to explore cities and monumen’s of southern Armenia. During a tour to Ghapan–the youth placed wreaths on several monumen’s dedicated to the 3,050 Ghapan soldiers who lost their lives during World War II–the 250 who perished during the Artsakh liberation struggle–and the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide.
"I was particularly moved when I saw the monument dedicated to Njdeh," said one of the participants. "A soldier–a community organizer–and a political thinker–Njdeh embodied the qualities we hold dear as AYF members. At the camp–participants played a friendly game of soccer with soldiers from the 54-809 military unit–as soldiers and fans cheered on their respective teams.
Gathered in Garmrakar for the 10 day jamboree to exchange ideas about youth activism and to meet other youth–participants come from 15 countries including the United States–Canada–Argentina–Lebanon–Syria–Kuwait–Israel–Greece–Russia–and Iran.
"While this is only the fourth day–the Armenian youth from various communities around the world have already begun to understand each other and respective communities better," explained an organizer of the Jamboree Inna Mkhitaryan,. The Jamboree began on August 5th with a special ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the Artsakh movement.