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Birds Nest, A Photographic Essay of Bourj Hammoud

Ara Madzounian | Lebanon

Marash Street

The Bourj Hammoud district in Lebanon is the geographical extension of Beirut City along the Mediterranean coastline.  Housing a population of roughly 100,000 persons, it is a dense working class district, extending over an area of 0.96 square-miles or 2.4 km2 within the Greater Beirut municipality.

Until the early twentieth century, Bourj Hammoud was an area characterized by agriculture and marshlands, scattered with individual settlements. After 1928, Armenian refugees who survived the Ottoman persecutions began migrating to the area, settling in compact quarters organized into regular gridiron patterns. Each quarter was populated by natives from a village in their original homeland in Anatolia, modern day Turkey.

Today, like many dwindling Christian communities across the Middle East, Bourj Hammoud struggles to retain its Armenian character against the tide of political uncertainty engulfing the region. http://www.aramadzounian.com

This book is my story, a tribute to all residents of Bourj Hammoud.

Photographer: Ara Madzounian

Art Direction & Design: Vahe Fattal

Production: Julie Eckert

Text Editor: Terry Phillips

Marketing & Promotion: Anisha Madzounian

Video Producer: Jeff Wilkins Jr.

Preface: Joanne Randa Nucho

More than 50 years Bourj Hammoud played a pivotal role in preserving the Armenian national identity. This important place-often called Little Armenia-this colony is the last bastion of Armenian collective memory as it is a direct consequence of a crime against humanity perpetrated over hundred years ago against Armenian population living in their homeland.

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