Genealogy for the Bereft

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian taking a break in the Western Armenian village of Adish as Nanore Barsoumian and Steve Mesrobian look on, 2012 (Photo: George Aghjayan)

Rough map in hand, the bereft walk all roads in search of name and place, word and photo. The lost ones strain to be found as accomplices hold them behind brick walls and build new ones, changing maps, moving markers, hoarding answers.

Discovered fragments restore faith in the journey. But precious treasure is damning evidence of fight and flight, search and rescue, lost not found. Only the defiant keep excavating lives unknown, connected by genes that brought down the axe and unleashed the sword.

Catalogued memory gives ghosts new life, stitched and returned to lineage, nameless no more. They point the way to others waiting to be found, their patience infinite and certain of the reckoning’s audacious reward.

Georgi Bargamian

Georgi Bargamian

Georgi Bargamian is a former editor of the Armenian Weekly. After 10 years working in community journalism, she attended law school and is an attorney, but she remains committed to her first love journalism by writing for the Armenian Weekly and contributing occasionally to the Solutions Based Journalism Project.

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