Encountering the small and great history, Armenia is a lively and enigmatic land. Adorned with a history of several thousand years, old monasteries, shrouded in mystery, like the slumbering giants, eternal guardians of time and memory to face countless upheavals of past centuries.
The young Republic of Armenia, independent since 1991, takes a deep breath when it comes to look and understand the path taken. Here each Armenian carries the weight of their own experience. The genocide in 1915 remains an open wound, and this despite the 100 years elapsed since those dark days. And the path never ceases to be tortuous: the turkish embargo, the years of communism in the USSR, the 1988 earthquake that killed 30.000 people, or yet the latent war with Azerbaijan about Nagorno-Karabakh. the litany of events hardened to the Armenian people.
More recently, in 2015, centenary year of the genocide, the influx of Armenian refugees from Syria fleeing the Islamic state, often descendants of survivors of the "death marches" of 1915, challenges us as a macabre sign of history.
The country still bears the scars of years under Soviet influence. At the fall of the empire, inequality increased by the sadly banal scheme of all ex-Soviet republics. The oligarchs thrived, creating disparities, sometimes vampirizing wealth. Older regret this blessed time where everyone ate their fill, where tomorrow was not a concern.
The church was also able to regain its central place in society, dismissed from its traditional role during the Soviet years. First Christian nation of History, Armenia is fervent believer. Throughout history, the Church has cemented the social relations between Armenians in all the countries of the diaspora and inspired hope among those whom the vagaries had left behind in suffering.
Today, in Armenia, live is written in present tense. They will have to survive, since that is the sealed fate of the Armenians. Still and always. And perhaps they will also leave, if they find the opportunity. In Russia, In United-States, in France, to a cousin, to an uncle, to a son and thus join the diaspora, whose number now exceeds the population living in the country.
Yet, at the foot of Mount Ararat, Armenia remains generous, cheerful and modest. A wind of informed conscience, breath on his land. Here and there, the defenders of democracy, the forward-looking people, make their voices heard. The country opens, the tourism expands and the youth get involved.

Bruno Ohanian