Friday, January 03, 2014

Soon after the1909 Adana massacres, Samuel Sakaian once again left his village Aghin, Turkey to return to the United States. Arriving in Foxboro, Massachusetts, his former adopted new home, he reported that he never desires to return to his native land. That since leaving Foxboro  ten years ago he had varied and sad experiences, and at times had been in imminent danger of losing his life. Samuel's stated that life would seem worth living again when he secured the necessary funds to bring his wife and four children to America. However, the sad ending to this chapter of the story is that his family and his entire extended family, except for his niece, Alma Sakaian, did not survive the 1915 deportation of the Aghin Armenian residents.

In about a month we hope to activate a Kickstarter Project titled "From Aghin" to support the publishing of an Illustrated Novel of the same name. The attached pictures are related to the story entails.... Alma Sakaian, was a fifteen-year old survivor of one of the brutal Armenian deportations in World War I. Together with hundreds of Armenians neighbors and family she was force marched out of her village of Aghin, located on the northern Euphrates River in Turkey. After a 65 day ordeal Alma was among the 150 living of a caravan that grew to number 18,000 men, women and children. "From Aghin" will recreate the events her ordeal and the attempt to rescue her by her uncle, Samuel Sakaian.


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