FORUM 7 December 2021 ARMENIA EARTHQUAKE COLLAPSE URSS Humanitarian Aids ICU ROME

FORUM 7 December 2021 ARMENIA EARTHQUAKE COLLAPSE URSS  Humanitarian Aids ICU ROME

Humanitarian Crisis  CAUCASUS ARMENIA - On 7 December 1988 an earthquake with an intensity of 11 Degree Scala Mercalli shook Armenia for 40 sec. : over 60,000 people lost their lives. The city of Spitak located a few kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake was completely destroyed, losing about half of the population (13,000 dead and 5,000 injured). 

The ICU (Institute for University Cooperation) in response to the appeal addressed to it by the Soviet Embassy in Rome, put in place an aid program in collaboration with the Italian Civil Protection and European Union. The Humanitarian Aid ICU University Program organized the realization of a Mother and Child Health / Social Centre with Unuversity Specialists. The Centre was located in the Villaggio Italia organized by the Italian Government (200 Mapi Modules Pre Fabricated). 

Started as Humanitarian Aid Emergency Program, the Program developed as a real university cooperation program taking in considerations the disintegration  of the Soviet Union on 1989 October with collapse of the civil society and health / social services

President AESI / Dr. Massimo María Caneva ICU Health International Coordinator

PHOTO : ARMENIA LANDSCAPE
VIDEO : Villaggio Italia  President AESI with Father Komitas (*) in the Village of Panik to organize Humanitarian Aid Program

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(*) APOSTOLIC VOYAGE IN ARMENIA - MASS IN LATIN RITE  HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II Etchmiadzin, 27 September 2001

N.3  I still remember when, once the winter of ideological atheism was past, the late Catholicos Vazken I invited the Holy See of Rome to send a priest to the Catholics of Armenia. I chose for you then Father Komitas, one of the spiritual sons of Abbot Mekhitar. This year the Mekhitarist community celebrates three hundred years since its foundation. Let us give thanks to the Lord for the glorious witness which the monks have given; and let us be grateful to them for all that they are now doing to renew Armenian culture!

Although no longer young, Father Komitas immediately and enthusiastically agreed to join you in the difficult task of reconstruction. He came to live in Panik, where he restored the Cross which gunfire had sought to destroy. In a spirit of fraternity with the clergy and faithful of the Armenian Apostolic Church, he re-opened and embellished the church for the Catholics who had defended it for so long. Now he lies beside it, close even in death to his people, as he awaits the Resurrection of the dead.

NOTE: Prof. Umberto Farri ICU President, I am sent to Panik to meet Father Komitas! It was a difficult journey and yet we arrived in Panik without being able to warn us because communications were interrupted! And I found Father Komitas with his faithful in the Church and then He blessed us all! Help was brought to the people of Panik with a bread mill and medicines for mothers and children! (President AESI)

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PRESIDENT AESI PROMOTING UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOR HUMANITARIAN AID AND PEACE PROCESS Video Photo : Estonia Tallin  —— BALTIC REGION  Estonian 1996 / 97 University Cooperation for Integration of the Estonian - Russian speaking student population

CAUCASUS / Armenia  Earthquake 1988 Humanitarian Aid  Program in conflict area / Collapse URSS University Cooperation 

BALKANS  Sarajevo Belgrade 1999/2010 University Cooperation Program for reconciliation among the 3 Entities : Croatian Bosnians  Serbian   MIDDLE EAST  Lebanon 2002/2010 University Cooperation Program for the promotion of the dialogue between the young Christian and Muslim university generations

Cyprus 2010  University Cooperation for promotion of the reunification of Cyprus

Israel Palestine 2005/2020 Jerusalem / University Cooperation Program for Peace Process between Palestine and Israel

ROME INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR  Promoting Dialogue and Peace  Balkans East Europe Middle East European Union - United Nations  Sarajevo Belgrade / St. Petersburg Jordan Palestine Israel Lebanon Syria / Sweden UK Spain

AESI Humanitarian AID and Peace Process 

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