Podcast | Washington Armenians respond to attacks on their homeland

Azerbaijan’s push for territory has forced thousands to flee. Reporter Taija PerryCook spoke with local communities about erasure and resilience.

candles at Holy Resurrection Armenian Apostolic Church

Candles of remembrance lit by members of Redmond's Holy Resurrection Armenian Apostolic Church. (Taija Perry-Cook for Crosscut)

Azerbaijan launched an offensive in September to claim land that Armenians have long considered home.

The move has driven about 100,000 ethnic Armenians from the disputed territory, known as both Nagorno-Karabakh and Artsakh, and raised fears of ethnic cleansing.

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Over the past year, reporter Taija PerryCook spoke with Armenians in Washington, who watched from afar as tensions heightened.

In this episode of Crosscut Reports, PerryCook and host Maleeha Syed discuss the history of the region and how decades of war and erasure are affecting local Armenian community members. Many describe a need for more awareness of what’s happening — and a confidence that their culture will prevail.


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