It was gratifying to read the two reports on after-earthquake activities in Armenia--the comprehensive roundup by Michael Parks, “Armenia Aid Gets Back to the Basics,” and “L.A.'s Armenia Quake Relief Stuck in Pipeline,” by Esther Schrader (Part I, July 23). The problems and setback alluded to in both pieces continue to be covered at length in the Armenian-American press. I am grateful to see that your coverage will make them widely known and that credit is acknowledged to all the countries throughout the world that have rushed to Armenia’s aid in her desperate hours of need.
It is to be hoped that the logistic problems which seem to be inherent in any organizational structure are now being overcome and that the massive attempts for much-needed assistance are bearing fruitful results. Certainly, despite dissension among some of the leadership, it is obvious that the heartfelt dedication will prevail.
Many Armenian-Americans have made several trips since Dec. 7, 1988, among them Dr. Armen Goenjian, a Long Beach psychiatrist, who has led a group of mental health specialists. Incidentally, the tug of the Armenian heritage is so strong that it affects and puts into action those of Armenian background who don’t necessarily have “some connection to someone affected by the tragedy,” as Schrader states. It is the least we can do and want to do in the name of humanity.