Meet Ralph Yirikian – General Director of VivaCell in Armenia.

Ralph Yirikian is a descendant of a family from #WesternArmenia. His father – Cesar – was born in #Lebanon, but his grandfather came to #Lebanon from #Adana, #Cilicia. His grandfather, Mardiros, was an #orphan who was raised as a Christian in an Arab environment. He was still young when he joined the #French Army and once his military service was complete, he married a local #Lebanese woman, with whom he had three children: Sirun, Georgette and Cesar. Cesar also grew up among Christians in an Arab environment, but unlike his father, he did not know how to speak #Armenian. He would read #ArmenianHistory in #Arabic and was always curious about his culture. In #Lebanon, he married Emily Yusufi Salameh with whom they had four children: Ralph, twin brothers Pierre and Paul, and their youngest girl Mireille. To uphold his #Armenian heritage, Cesar sent his children to an #Armenian school in #Beirut: Chatalbashian High School where the children learned #Armenian, #Arabic, #English and #French. After his graduate studies at the American University of #Beirut, Ralph Yirikian continued his professional career, ending up in #Karabakh (in 2001) then in #Armenia as the General Director of #VivaCell as of 2005 where he decided to raise his own #Armenian family with Armig – his wife – and two children: Sareen and Nareg.​ #AG#AG100#AG1915#ArmenianGenocide

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- April 11, 2015

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