Nestled in the cradle of civilization, Armenia enjoys one of the world's oldest civilizations, with a history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Since then, Armenia has developed a sophisticated culture with a strong national dimension and periods of strong statehood.
Armenia is a landlocked nation bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran to the south. Its location on the Silk Road, at the junction of Eastern Europe and western Asia, has enriched its culture. Unfortunately, its location also means it has been beset by invasions, occupations and wars throughout its history. Armenians consider the Ottoman Genocide of Armenians during the First World War, which depopulated Western Armenia, the greatest tragedy in their long history.
Even when under the control of the Soviet Union, the richness of the Armenian culture and the strength of its people persisted. The country enjoys a 99% literacy rate and can point with pride to the achievements of Aram Khachaturian, celebrated composer, and Artem Mikoyan, designer of the MIG supersonic fighter jet, among others.
Events like the ones listed above have severely impaired the economy of the fledgling republic, creating repercussions that are still felt today. Armenians continue to work hard to redevelop their country and progress is being made on many fronts. Together, COAF and you can help drive progress towards a brighter future for Armenia.
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