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Pete Jam and Beirut
Posted February 14th, 2011 - 3:05 pm by from Bursa, Turkey (Permalink)
We (Yucel Kilic and Fatih Birinci) were in Beirut a few days ago. We wanted to explore the Armenian Neighbourhood called "Bourj Hamoud" (I bet I wrote it wrong!)in the city. We talked to people about their life there, and inevitably about the Armenian - Turkish relationship. Almost everyone was able to speak some Turkish there. Especially the older ones were very good (and enthusiastic) about that. It was lovely and weird -in a positive way- to hear them speaking Turkish with and Anatolian accent. It was devastating to feel their sadness and nostalgia about their first home.
Though the younger ones told us not to talk with older people as two Turks, but we pushed our borders, talked to them, and it was totally ok for us. No hatred or something at all! Sometimes people don't love or even hate something 'generic', but in case of individuals, they have no problem.
We had checked for the Armenian Lebanese community in advance and had found an Armenian Lebanese called Pete Jam throuh CS. We met with him in the in a nice cafe.
Pete: http://www.reverbnation.com/peterjam

He is a great guy. With a heart full of love, with an understanding consisted of peace and with a talent of both singing and playing.
We had a lovely and informative conversation there. He is well aware of the situation between Armenians and Turks. And including this long lasted conflict, he tries to perceive everything under the light of brotherhood.
He gave us a gift, an album of him .. : http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterjam
A talented singer and a man of the world.
Thank you Pete!
And loves to all Armenians all around the world!

As Pete says:
hope, even for the hopeless
peace, even for the peaceless
love, even for the loveless

Posted February 16th, 2011 - 6:32 am from Melbourne, Australia
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