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A “Good And Blessed Father” Yonan Of Ada On Justin Perkins, Urmia (Iran), 1870

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This chapter aims to situate women's role in missionary relief in the refugee crisis in the years after World War One. The focal point in the chapter is the work of the Norwegian missionary, nurse and midwife Bodil Biørn (1871–1960). The chapter focuses on Bodil Biørn's humanitarian contribution in the Armenian republic from 1922 to 1925. The independent Armenian Republic, recognized by the peace conference in 1920, had soon been invaded and divided by Turkey and the Soviet Union. The young Armenian Republic would not have survived without the Near East Relief's immediate aid and long-term development scheme of healing, education and training of thousands of Armenian orphans. For the Armenians it became an issue of the nation's right to existence to create conditions that would sustain the survivors of the catastrophe.

Keywords:Armenian Republic; Norwegian mission; refugee crisis



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