Chapter 1: Treading paths of violence: displacements of bereft Armenian children in the aftermath of genocide
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This chapter, based mainly on a variety of French archives, focuses on the migratory experiences of Armenian children who survived the 1915–1916 genocide. It aims to show, through a number of key issues, how their itineraries defy any attempt to build straightforward typologies. The term “migration” itself cannot do justice to the sheer ruthlessness of the series of forced displacements, abductions, escapes and so on to which they were subjected during the genocide. It covers only partially the movements imposed on children just after the war: transfers towards secured zones, professional placements, protracted quests for lost relatives. Nonetheless one word – orphan – ties a link between these variegated trajectories.