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In January 2018, Asbed Pogharian, a third generation Ethiopian Armenian, returned to Ethiopia for the first time in 43 years to attend a wedding and to make a visit to his father's grave. He made a short film documenting his visit, Dear Ethiopia: A Love Letter. He subsequently gave a lecture on The Armenian Community of Ethiopia at the ARPA Institute, Los Angeles.
Asbed Pogharian's paternal grandfather arrived in Ethiopia in 1899 after surviving the Hamidian massacres of 1895-96. Both his parents were born in Addis Ababa. He left Ethiopia in 1975 to attend the Melkonian Educational Institute in Cyprus. After graduating from college in Philadelphia in 1984, he spent a year in Yerevan, Armenia, researching the relationship between Ethiopians and Armenians throughout history. This research, together with details of his own family's personal history, formed the basis of a fascinating talk, The Armenian Community of Ethiopia, that he gave at the ARPA Institute on Sunday 14 March 2019. The talk was videoed and can be viewed on YouTube.

In his 2018 film, Dear Ethiopia: A Love Letter, he shows old buildings that used to be owned by Armenians in Addis Ababa, particularly around the Piazza (together with some of the wedding at Lake Langano, old photographs of Armenians in Addis and the Armenian cemetery). The film is included in the presentation he gave at the ARPA Institute but can also be viewed on Vimeo. (Note - In his talk Asbed gives some extra information about what is being shown in this film, and shows an additional video of the house where he used to live.)

Asbed Pogharian currently lives in La Crescenta, California.
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