Raquel Dink Visits Haigazian University

Beirut, 23/02/2009- On Friday, February 20, 2009, Mrs.Raquel Dink, widow of renowned Armenian activist journalist, editor of the Turkish-Armenian Agos newspaper, Hrant Dink, paid a special visit to Haigazian University.

Dink, who was in Beirut for a very short sojourn, was hosted by the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, as the keynote speaker of the joint worship service dedicated to the feast of St.Vartan.

Dink shared with the Haigazian University staff, faculty and students, her experiences related to the assassination of Hrant and his tireless efforts to promote human rights and freedom of thought and speech for all minorities in Turkey. She also briefed about "The Hrant Dink Foundation" as a foundation that promotes universal values like, consciousness, responsibility, and accountability in writing and speaking, and open dialogue between cultures. She further reflected upon the challenges of living as Armenians in Turkey.

Also organized by Haigazian University, Mrs. Dink had the opportunity to meet with a select group of Armenian women representing different denominations, institutions, and cultural organizations in Lebanon, sharing with them her personal experience vis a vis the assassination of her late husband, her faith, values and priorities in life, as well as her new challenges.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director