About the Project
More than 100 years ago, our family survived the Armenian Genocide. They fled to America, but many others stayed in Armenia and rebuilt a country next to their ancestral homelands, which are now part of Turkey. A century later, Armenians continue to survive and build a better future in their mountainous homeland, although they are threatened by poverty, social issues, and foreign aggression.
Rebirth Armenia documents the lives of Armenians today through projects like Borderlands Under Fire. It seeks to support the efforts of developmental and aid organizations through both fundraising and raising awareness of the issues facing Armenians. It is also is a forum for travel and other information for visitors, as well as those interested in social and economic ties.
Join us on a journey to explore this undiscovered land, and tell its story of rebirth and regeneration.
Araxie Cass is a writer, and is currently studying Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She writes mostly narrative nonfiction and short stories, which have been published in various 826CHI publications, as well as her new chapbook Defenders. She is fascinated by all aspects of Armenian culture, and is always looking for new music, art, literature, recipes and other things to share on Rebirth Armenia, and useless-armeniafacts.tumblr.com.
Anahit Cass is a photographer and lawyer. Her work is animated by her concern for social and human rights issues. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago. Her photography has been shown nationally in various venues, and you can find it at kristincass.com, on Facebook at Kristin Cass Photography and on Instagram at KristinCassPhotography. Raised in a large diasporan family, Anahit returned to the land of her ancestors to reclaim her heritage a century after the Armenian Genocide attempted to destroy it. Experiencing Armenia gave her insight into the deep recesses of her own life, illuminating her ancestral identity and connection to generations past who have formed a part of the Armenian cultural and historic tradition for millennia.