Fleeing Syrian Armenians head to Lebanon

Hundreds of Armenian families fled Aleppo and headed to Beirut in order to escape the ongoing conflict in Syria between the rebels and forces loyal to the regime of president bashar al Assad.

The Armenian Churches, schools and associations reportedly opened their doors to receive the refugees and many fund raising meetings were held to help the displaced who found shelter in Lebanon and those who are still struggling in Syria. The majority of the Armenian refugees are reportedly living with their Lebanese relatives .

It is estimated that there are approximately 150,000 Armenians in Lebanon, or around 4% of the population, but their number was much higher prior to the civil war.

Photo: A renovated armenian church in the Solidere district of downtown Beirut

  • tomy

    to hell with them let them go back to armenia these leaches

    • Constantin7

      These leaches came to Lebanon with NOTHING other than their brains and contributed to the economic and social development of the country much more than any community in Lebanon (proportionately speaking). These leaches did not participate in any manner in the destruction of the country as ALL other communities did. These leaches are making the shoes, the belts, the bags, the jewellery and much of the cloth that you wearing and much more…. These leaches are the musicians that play in the orchestras around Lebanon, they are the artisans who carve and built the statutes (including the statute of Rafic Hariri near the St-George), etc…. The Armenians are a formidable economic, constructive and positive force to Lebanon and to all the Lebanese. Can you imagine Lebanon without the Armenians ? without mentioning all the good food (Soujouk, bastourma and going to the Shams restaurant in Anjar…). Look at Anjar, it used to be an arid place, today Anjar is Green with plenty of water and restaurants and the biggest fresh-water fish producer in Lebanon.
      In any case these are refugees as all the other Syrians from different communities, at least they will not be staying in tents and look like the “nawar”, they will be staying with family and friends and in the churches’ and schools’ basements. They can’t wait to go back to their homes in Syria.

      • Hannibal

        Well said Constantin…

        • Prophettttt

          Could not have been said better.Armenian Lebanese community is well driven and one of the most productive and successful communities in Lebanon.

    • yalibnan

      This is to remind you to respect the community and refrain from use of inappropriate language

  • tomy

    to hell with them let them go back to armenia these leaches

    • Constantin7

      These leaches came to Lebanon with NOTHING other than their brains and contributed to the economic and social development of the country much more than any community in Lebanon (proportionately speaking). These leaches did not participate in any manner in the destruction of the country as ALL other communities did. These leaches are making the shoes, the belts, the bags, the jewellery and much of the cloth that you wearing and much more…. These leaches are the musicians that play in the orchestras around Lebanon, they are the artisans who carve and built the statutes (including the statute of Rafic Hariri near the St-George), etc…. The Armenians are a formidable economic, constructive and positive force to Lebanon and to all the Lebanese. Can you imagine Lebanon without the Armenians ? without mentioning all the good food (Soujouk, bastourma and going to the Shams restaurant in Anjar…). Look at Anjar, it used to be an arid place, today Anjar is Green with plenty of water and restaurants and the biggest fresh-water fish producer in Lebanon.
      In any case these are refugees as all the other Syrians from different communities, at least they will not be staying in tents and look like the “nawar”, they will be staying with family and friends and in the churches’ and schools’ basements. They can’t wait to go back to their homes in Syria.

      • Hannibal

        Well said Constantin…

        • Prophettttt

          Could not have been said better.Armenian Lebanese community is well driven and one of the most productive and successful communities in Lebanon.

    • yalibnan

      This is to remind you to respect the community and refrain from use of inappropriate language

  • FadiAbboud

    Lebanon needs more Christians.. welcome Armenians !

    • Moe28

      No free citizenship’s like before not happening! That should apply to all! Shia Sunni Christian.

    • FreetheME

      And they said that racism is dead, Don’t hold back your thoughts Fadi what ever you do

      • Preview

        LMFAO didn’t know Christianity was a race until freetheretard made this retarded comment

        • FreetheME

          There you go again Preview, Giving the world a PREVIEW of you immaturity.

        • FreetheME

          Oh, and Btw, Your welcome for the lesson. More than happy to educate you. After all I do freetheretard

          • IraniAngel

            haha :)

        • IraniAngel

          however christianity is a dying religion. Europeans for instance are not christians anymore and many other parts of the world with a christian majority are to follow

      • Hannibal

        IraniAngel

        You say Christianity is a dying religion… Where? In the middle east? of course because Islam forced them out not by conquering the minds but by slaughtering them.

        In the West and in Russia and in the US last I checked they have more Christians than to know what to do with them… Catholics ALONE are 1.2 Billions (census 2012)… Orthodox Christians are 300 millions and so on and so on…

        Christianity is the crown on your head…
        Now let us examine Shia Islam… By the time those Sunni fanatics are done with you I guarantee a drop in numbers to may be a few left here in there hiding amongst the Christians.
        Stop making false statements… What are you a rich Irani kid fighting wars from behind the keyboard? or are you a the son of a crazy Mullah with a turbine head?

        • IraniAngel

          of course christianity is dying and this is a fact that no one can deny, not even you can.
          how many of those 2 billions so called christians believe that their religion is the TRUTH? i dont know the exact number but i can asure you that stating that all of them believe that christianity is the final truth would be a pure lie, hence christianity IS dying…

          why do they allow gay marriges and allow themselves to divorce and so on and so on to use your own words if they indeed believe that christianity is the final truth????? give this a thought

          maybe muslims outnumbered the christians in the ME by slaughtering them.. but keep in mind that there wouldnt be 2 billions christians in the first place if they had not slaughtered too

          as far as the sunni fanatics are concerned i take some comfort in knowing that you are next in line to face the same fate…

          Me being a rich kid? not really… even though i dream of becoming rich some day… who doesnt

          • Hannibal

            I know as many moslems who laugh at the absurdity of Islam… Divorce is allowed in Christianity but not like in Islam’s in and out in and out and in and out… There must be a lot of evidence accrued before the church dissolves a marriage. As of gay marriage they are of a minority and we call it union NOT marriage for civil purposes. Denying that you have gays in Islam is absurd and killing them is a violation to human rights. A gay does not choose to be gay. They are born that way as much as it defies the order of the straight majority they are still humans. You can never teach a person to be gay. My son at 3 stopped in front of a Victoria’s secret shop and stared with a grin on his face… May be he was thinking milk may be not but it made me happy and then I told him ok now come on that is enough drooling… lol Nobody wants their kids to be gay but if they are it is not the fault of anyone. I have known people to behave that way since they were very young. They are who they are… Only a backward mentality will punish them for what they are.

            Christianity had some growing pains and they committed as much atrocities but today it is a much more evolved religion which we separate from politics or at least we try to. Islam is going backward not forward… Show me a moslem country (beside Iran with reservation) that is advancing the cause of humanity. Iranians are the only moslems advancing and I said with reservation because their Islamic law should not be at the center of the state.

            For the Sunni fanatics let them try. We Lebanese Christians are like our Lebanese moslem brothers, tough as nails and we will nail any attacker on the cross. Just ask the PLO and the Syrians and the Israelis they will tell you all about it.

            You are not rich? Yes you are… I consider anyone with Internet acces rich… You haven’t tasted poverty yet.

          • IraniAngel

            im aware that some muslims laugh at islam…. the vast majority of the iraniAngels do that. but the number of christians that laugh at their religion is far bigger than the number of muslims who laugh at islam…

            I know gays dont choose to be gay… but this is waaaaaaaaay off topic.

            Islam is going backward thanks to the us and its puppets around the region. when islam was on the top of the world europeans acted like animals.

            well, iraniAngels advance because we are not arabs and thats a very important factor.

            Now you are a christian lebanese??? I thought you were areligious???

            you will nail any attacker on the cross just like you did during 15 years of civil war against each other.

            Alhamduillah I am not complaining about my living conditions.. but you dont have to be rich to have internet acces in TehrAngel. In this huge city net cafes are on every street corner. there are probably more net cafes in TehrAngel than McDonald’s in the entire US

          • 5thDrawer

            Regarding the backward moves … I guess you haven’t looked at Timbuktu lately … or Mali … or Algeria where 200,000 have died … or all of North Africa for that matter.

          • IraniAngel

            Yeah it is amazing how al-caida is bad in mali, while in syria the very same al-caida terrorists are heroes

          • 5thDrawer

            Heroes to the badly beaten, and Only when they are providing a bit of social law, and giving back some of the wheat they steal to feed their troops or sell for guns. Let’s say they are better organized. But they already proclaim there will be no democracy in Syria when Assad is gone. In Mali, they had no-one of any strength to fight against.

          • JesusIsAllah

            christianity cannot die, it is only that you are brain dead. christianity is the creation, it is God, it is the essence of life. If christianity was dead or dying, you wouldnt be here to type on this dead blog. You may be confusing christianity with islam, where gangs are fighting for a certain allat, a maffiosi godfather, to share the booty, exterminating each other, then they cry america is killing us, zionism is killing us….allat wa akbar

          • Constantin7

            I would rather say that with the information technology revolution and now that everybody can know whatever they want to know by the push of a button, i.e. if you want know the truth about Islam and its prophet you can google it, with this revolution I say it is Islam that is a dying religion (or doctrine). Tens of Thousands of intellectual and educated muslims are converting to Christianity in the Arab world, Iran and the muslim world in general. They are converting because of conviction that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, not for political or economic or marriage reasons like some ignorant christians when they convert to Islam. However, these converts to Christianity keep low profile and are rare who announce their conversion publicly for fear from persecution and killing from other muslims. Any religion or doctrine that forces its followers to stay in it or face death (like Islam), its faith is annihilation. The only reason why Islam is still growing because mainly the poor and ignorant muslims who have lots of kids and/or marry more than one wife and have lots of kids, otherwise the followers of Jesus Christ are increasing much faster. Do you know how many Africans are switching from Islam to Christianity every year ? In the millions, In Sudan, In Ethiopia, In Kenya, In Nigeria, In Algeria, In Morocco, etc… Visit Islamexplained.com, or abnsat and check the converts….

          • IraniAngel

            Now tell me how many europeans convert to non-abrahamic religions?

          • 5thDrawer

            Your confusion, Irani, is not being able to differenciate between the simple (illogical) belief in the existence of a supreme deity or spirit, and the supposed ‘laws’ of any given deity made up by humans who want you to believe only ‘their spirit’ should be followed. Christianity allowed for an evolution of thought in humans – the spirit of ‘God’ is in man. Even those who profess to be atheists can be good to their fellow humans, and live lives of productivity and happiness within societies of ‘man’, and yet have a free will.

            ‘Love’ is another illogical emotion we, and other animals, have. Helps with propagation of some species – but is a natural bonding of spirits. So, you may see ‘conversions’ happening in all cultures, simply to be able to get past the foolish laws of societies which ascribe ‘religious’ significance to the need to maintain the dictatorial control of the society, so that a human spirit can function a little more freely.

            Let us say you stand on a high hill. In one direction a huge city spreads over the landscape, and you feel something of wonder stir in your chest. Then you turn in the other, and there is nothing but natural beauty to be seen, and that feeling swells again. Which direction gives the larger feeling? If you ask your born-blind cousin beside you what he feels, will it be the same feeling? He has only noticed the smell is perhaps better when facing one way … are you going to tell him one direction is more ‘godly’?

            The truth is, both directions are purely an ‘accident’ in the Universe … a planet that lives, for now, has evolved and changed in the past and will change again when a sun dies, and humans should be figuring out how to keep it this way as long as possible, instead of eliminating ourselves from it.

            The planet IS the god … and it will adjust ‘us’. I don’t need to bash my head on the ground every day to know that. I have had some freedom to educate myself. For instance, about the growing populations, a factual note from history …. “The number of people in dire poverty today—about 2 billion—is greater than the world’s entire population in the early 1900s.”
            That’s not progress – or a god at work – is it. Assad and other despots have not done enough, I suppose. Living in caves like Talibanis isn’t exactly progress either. It’s the mind of man that needs to overcome the thought that ‘more is better’. Conversion, then, to education – the best idea – and something Christianity has allowed for.

          • kamille1

            man you are hillarious..of course christianity is dying, if you continue to watch and get your information from iranian media..It’s not the christians in these western countries that allow gays and divorces..When we vote in the U.S., we don’t vote because this candidate is christian, or that candidate is muslim..everybody is equal and if you do something against your religion, it’s between you and your maker..you can go on any street in any western country and scream of the top of your tongue “SATAN IS GREAT” for an example, people will look at you, but not for what you are saying, they will look at you for the reason that you are screaming, try doing that on any street in Iran or any other middle eastern country..people that think the way you do IRANIANGEL, is the reason why me and thousands of other lebanese christians and muslims, will never go back to live in lebanon, sometimes i wish somebody will drop a nuclear bomb on the entire middle east, this way we can start fresh with actual human beings..

            And another thing, if you actualy think that the iranian way of life is the greatest, then becoming rich someday will always be a dream..

          • IraniAngel

            I used to know a kamille, she was very smart so obviously you are not her.

  • FadiAbboud

    Lebanon needs more Christians.. welcome Armenians !

    • Moe28

      No free citizenship’s like before not happening! That should apply to all! Shia Sunni Christian.

    • FreetheME

      And they said that racism is dead, Don’t hold back your thoughts Fadi what ever you do

      • Preview

        LMFAO didn’t know Christianity was a race until freetheretard made this retarded comment

        • FreetheME

          There you go again Preview, Giving the world a PREVIEW of you immaturity.

        • FreetheME

          Oh, and Btw, Your welcome for the lesson. More than happy to educate you. After all I do freetheretard

          • IraniAngel

            haha :)

        • IraniAngel

          however christianity is a dying religion. Europeans for instance are not christians anymore and many other parts of the world with a christian majority is to follow

      • Hannibal

        IraniAngel

        You say Christianity is a dying religion… Where? In the middle east? of course because Islam forced them out not by conquering the minds but by slaughtering them.

        In the West and in Russia and in the US last I checked they have more Christians than to know what to do with them… Catholics ALONE are 1.2 Billions (census 2012)… Orthodox Christians are 300 millions and so on and so on…

        Christianity is the crown on your head…
        Now let us examine Shia Islam… By the time those Sunni fanatics are done with you I guarantee a drop in numbers to may be a few left here in there hiding amongst the Christians.
        Stop making false statements… What are you a rich Irani kid fighting wars from behind the keyboard? or are you a the son of a crazy Mullah with a turbine head?

        • IraniAngel

          of course christianity is dying and this is a fact that no one can deny, not even you can.
          how many of those 2 billions so called christians believe that their religion is the TRUTH? i dont know the exact number but i can asure you that stating that all of them believe that christianity is the final truth would be a pure lie, hence christianity IS dying…

          why do they allow gay marriges and allow themselves to divorce and so on and so on to use your own words if they indeed believe that christianity is the final truth????? give this a thought

          maybe muslims outnumbered the christians in the ME by slaughtering them.. but keep in mind that there wouldnt be 2 billions christians in the first place if they had not slaughtered too

          as far as the sunni fanatics are concerned i take some comfort in knowing that you are next in line to face the same fate…

          Me being a rich kid? not really… even though i dream of becoming rich some day… who doesnt

          • Hannibal

            I know as many moslems who laugh at the absurdity of Islam… Divorce is allowed in Christianity but not like in Islam’s in and out in and out and in and out… There must be a lot of evidence accrued before the church dissolves a marriage. As of gay marriage they are of a minority and we call it union NOT marriage for civil purposes. Denying that you have gays in Islam is absurd and killing them is a violation to human rights. A gay does not choose to be gay. They are born that way as much as it defies the order of the straight majority they are still humans. You can never teach a person to be gay. My son at 3 stopped in front of a Victoria’s secret shop and stared with a grin on his face… May be he was thinking milk may be not but it made me happy and then I told him ok now come on that is enough drooling… lol Nobody wants their kids to be gay but if they are it is not the fault of anyone. I have known people to behave that way since they were very young. They are who they are… Only a backward mentality will punish them for what they are.

            Christianity had some growing pains and they committed as much atrocities but today it is a much more evolved religion which we separate from politics or at least we try to. Islam is going backward not forward… Show me a moslem country (beside Iran with reservation) that is advancing the cause of humanity. Iranians are the only moslems advancing and I said with reservation because their Islamic law should not be at the center of the state.

            For the Sunni fanatics let them try. We Lebanese Christians are like our Lebanese moslem brothers, tough as nails and we will nail any attacker on the cross. Just ask the PLO and the Syrians and the Israelis they will tell you all about it.

            You are not rich? Yes you are… I consider anyone with Internet acces rich… You haven’t tasted poverty yet.

          • IraniAngel

            im aware that some muslims laugh at islam…. the vast majority of the iraniAngels do that. but the number of christians that laugh at their religion is far bigger than the number of muslims who laugh at islam…

            I know gays dont choose to be gay… but this is waaaaaaaaay off topic.

            Islam is going backward thanks to the us and its puppets around the region. when islam was on the top of the world europeans acted like animals.

            well, iraniAngels advance because we are not arabs and thats a very important factor.

            Now you are a christian lebanese??? I though you were areligious???

            you will nail any attacker on the cross just like you did during 15 years of civil war against each other.

            Alhamduillah I am not complaining about my living conditions.. but you dont have to be rich to have internet acces in TehrAngel. In this huge city net cafes are on all street corners. there are probably more netcafes in TehrAngel than McDonald’s in the entire US

          • 5thDrawer

            Regarding the backward moves … I guess you haven’t looked at Timbuktu lately … or Mali … or Algeria where 200,000 have died … or all of North Africa for that matter.

          • IraniAngel

            Yeah it is amazing how al-caida is bad in mali, while in syria the very same al-caida terrorists are heroes

          • 5thDrawer

            Heroes to the badly beaten, and Only when they are providing a bit of social law, and giving back some of the wheat they steal to feed their troops or sell for guns. Let’s say they are better organized. But they already proclaim there will be no democracy in Syria when Assad is gone. In Mali, they had no-one of any strength to fight against.

          • JesusIsAllah

            christianity cannot die, it is only that you are brain dead. christianity is the creation, it is God, it is the essence of life. If christianity was dead or dying, you wouldnt be here to type on this dead blog. You may be confusing christianity with islam, where gangs are fighting for a certain allat, a maffiosi godfather, to share the booty, exterminating each other, then they cry america is killing us, zionism is killing us….allat wa akbar

          • Constantin7

            I would rather say that with the information technology revolution and now that everybody can know whatever they want to know by the push of a button, i.e. if you want know the truth about Islam and its prophet you can google it, with this revolution I say it is Islam that is a dying religion (or doctrine). Tens of Thousands of intellectual and educated muslims are converting to Christianity in the Arab world, Iran and the muslim world in general. They are converting because of conviction that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, not for political or economic or marriage reasons like some ignorant christians when they convert to Islam. However, these converts to Christianity keep low profile and are rare who announce their conversion publicly for fear from persecution and killing from other muslims. Any religion or doctrine that forces its followers to stay in it or face death (like Islam), its faith is annihilation. The only reason why Islam is still growing because mainly the poor and ignorant muslims who have lots of kids and/or marry more than one wife and have lots of kids, otherwise the followers of Jesus Christ are increasing much faster. Do you know how many Africans are switching from Islam to Christianity every year ? In the millions, In Sudan, In Ethiopia, In Kenya, In Nigeria, In Algeria, In Morocco, etc… Visit Islamexplained.com, or abnsat and check the converts….

          • IraniAngel

            Now tell me how many europeans convert to non-abrahamic religions?

          • 5thDrawer

            Your confusion, Irani, is not being able to differenciate between the simple (illogical) belief in the existence of a supreme deity or spirit, and the supposed ‘laws’ of any given deity made up by humans who want you to believe only ‘their spirit’ should be followed. Christianity allowed for an evolution of thought in humans – the spirit of ‘God’ is in man. Even those who profess to be atheists can be good to their fellow humans, and live lives of productivity and happiness within societies of ‘man’, and yet have a free will.

            ‘Love’ is another illogical emotion we, and other animals, have. Helps with propagation of some species – but is a natural bonding of spirits. So, you may see ‘conversions’ happening in all cultures, simply to be able to get past the foolish laws of societies which ascribe ‘religious’ significance to the need to maintain the dictatorial control of the society, so that a human spirit can function a little more freely.

            Let us say you stand on a high hill. In one direction a huge city spreads over the landscape, and you feel something of wonder stir in your chest. Then you turn in the other, and there is nothing but natural beauty to be seen, and that feeling swells again. Which direction gives the larger feeling? If you ask your born-blind cousin beside you what he feels, will it be the same feeling? He has only noticed the smell is perhaps better when facing one way … are you going to tell him one direction is more ‘godly’?

            The truth is, both directions are purely an ‘accident’ in the Universe … a planet that lives, for now, has evolved and changed in the past and will change again when a sun dies, and humans should be figuring out how to keep it this way as long as possible, instead of eliminating ourselves from it.

            The planet IS the god … and it will adjust ‘us’. I don’t need to bash my head on the ground every day to know that. I have had some freedom to educate myself. For instance, about the growing populations, a factual note from history …. “The number of people in dire poverty today—about 2 billion—is greater than the world’s entire population in the early 1900s.”
            That’s not progress – or a god at work – is it. Assad and other despots have not done enough, I suppose. Living in caves like Talibanis isn’t exactly progress either. It’s the mind of man that needs to overcome the thought that ‘more is better’. Conversion, then, to education – the best idea – and something Christianity has allowed for.

          • kamille1

            man you are hillarious..of course christianity is dying, if you continue to watch and get your information from iranian media..It’s not the christians in these western countries that allow gays and divorces..When we vote in the U.S., we don’t vote because this candidate is christian, or that candidate is muslim..everybody is equal and if you do something against your religion, it’s between you and your maker..you can go on any street in any western country and scream of the top of your tongue “SATAN IS GREAT” for an example, people will look at you, but not for what you are saying, they will look at you for the reason that you are screaming, try doing that on any street in Iran or any other middle eastern country..people that think the way you do IRANIANGEL, is the reason why me and thousands of other lebanese christians and muslims, will never go back to live in lebanon, sometimes i wish somebody will drop a nuclear bomb on the entire middle east, this way we can start fresh with actual human beings..

            And another thing, if you actualy think that the iranian way of life is the greatest, then becoming rich someday will always be a dream..

          • IraniAngel

            I used to know a kamille, she was very smart so obviously you are not her.

  • FadiAbboud

    It is not racism to welcome Christians, without Christians, Lebanon will look like the rest of the countries/governments in the middle east. The Christian communities are what gave Lebanon the free, liberal,educated, cosmopolitan lifestyle, an oasis in the middle east full of backwards laws freedom-less land
    For example, Just because Dubai has new construction and money.. it does not have liberties and freedoms which the Christian or secular countries allow.

  • FadiAbboud

    It is not racism to welcome Christians, without Christians, Lebanon will look like the rest of the countries/governments in the middle east. The Christian communities are what gave Lebanon the free, liberal,educated, cosmopolitan lifestyle, an oasis in the middle east full of backwards laws freedom-less land
    For example, Just because Dubai has new construction and money.. it does not have liberties and freedoms which the Christian or secular countries allow.