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The Third Summer Camp of Azerbaijani Diaspora Youth at the closing ceremony in Shusha. (Photo: azertag.az)

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Across the Jewish Diaspora, it is quite common to send Jewish youngsters to summer camps in order to educate the youth about the importance of Zionism and the State of Israel in their everyday lives.

There, the children are taught Hebrew words, sing songs in Hebrew, and learn about the history of the State of Israel, while also doing many fun activities, such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, playing soccer, etc. In recent times, the Azerbaijanis have decided to organize similar camps for their own diaspora community.      

In 2018, the State Committee on Work with Diaspora organized the first summer camp for Diaspora youth called the “100th anniversary of the Republic” in the city of Sheki for the Azerbaijani youth living in different countries of the world within the framework of the “Year of the Azerbaijani Republic”. This tradition continued the following year as the second summer camp of Diaspora youth called “Nasimi 650” took place in Shamakhi. 

The Third Camp, which was supposed to be held in 2020, was postponed due to the pandemic and was finally held in Shusha, the “Cultural Center of Azerbaijan”, liberated from occupation by the Azerbaijan Armed Forces in the 2020 “44 Day War” in August of this year. The project, which was launched as part of Azerbaijan’s “Year of Shusha,” aims to bring together Azerbaijani youth living abroad on a single platform.

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Azerbaijani diaspora youths – 115 children from 52 countries around the world – participated in the Third Summer Camp, the opening ceremony of which took place on August 2. Announcing the opening ceremony, the head of the State Committee for Work with Diaspora, Fuad Muradov, spoke about the historical importance of holding the Diaspora Youth Summer Camp in the cultural capital of Shusha, the pearl of Karabakh. Nigar Hajiyeva, Deputy Head of the Department of Humanitarian Policy, Diaspora, Multiculturalism and Religious Affairs of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed her satisfaction to see the diaspora youth in Shusha and wished for the success of the work of the camp.

Meetings with representatives of various state bodies were organized for camp participants during the camp, and gratitude was expressed to the young people for promoting Azerbaijan in their countries and carrying out diaspora activities.

At the III Summer Camp of Diaspora Youth in Shusha, various panels were held on “Writing projects and organization of the Fundraising” process, “History of independence of Azerbaijan”, “The role of diaspora youth in public diplomacy and lobbying” and more.

The meetings with members of the fallen soldiers’ families and veterans of the Second Karabakh war was the most impressive and pivotal part of the panel discussions. The Patriotic War veterans spoke about the highly professional execution of military operations and advised the youth of the diaspora to tirelessly promote Azerbaijan in the countries where they live.

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The camp participants were given detailed information about the reconstruction, restoration, and construction work in the economic regions of Karabakh and East Zangezur, the jobs that will be created, the area’s tourism potential, the protection of historical and cultural heritage, and the plans for the “Great Return” project at a panel meeting on the “Development Strategy of Karabakh”.

It was brought to the participants’ attention that guidelines for the condition of historical, religious, and cultural monuments in Shusha should be prepared to restore them to world standards, promote them around the world, and include those monuments on the list of UNESCO’s cultural heritage sites.

On the eve of the project’s completion, the participants of the III Summer Camp of Diaspora Youth visited the magnificent Cidir plain. Because they were in Shusha and visited the Cidir plain, the camp participants described pleasant and incredible feelings.

At the closing ceremony, Committee officials and the Chairman of the Management Board of the Shusha City State Reserve, Maftun Abbasov, congratulated the camp participants on the successful completion of the project and wished them success in their studies and future activities. Gratitude was expressed to the organizations that provided organizational and partnership support to the great project.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.” 

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