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Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths

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Blind foreign exchange student sings thank you after surgery

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Angie Smith photographs Boise's refugees

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Why Tina Dean says she should not be recalled

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Trustee Carol Sayles on why she should not be recalled

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Boisean vows to tell the story of her mother, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide

1.5 million Armenians died in a systematic extermination that Hitler would later use as a model for the Holocaust

Learning her mother’s story renewed Jo-Ann Kachigian’s commitment to social activism

She challenges others: “Now that you have heard the awful truth, who can keep silent?”

Heart of Treasure Valley

Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor

The Armenian Genocide is often called “the forgotten genocide,” yet 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923. Jo-Ann Kachigian remembers her mother and father, who witnessed it all — and survived. She thinks of her grandparents, her aunts and uncles and cousins, 46 of them in all — who didn’t. Jo-Ann vows to tell her mother's story and teach others about the genocide, “with the hope that remembering our tragic past will keep us from repeating it.”

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Boise Christians, Muslims build bridges of understanding

After 23 years of living and working in a predominantly Muslim country, Nick and Laura Armstrong returned to Boise and were startled by Americans’ animosity toward Muslims because it was so contradictory to their experience in Indonesia. They started Peace Feasts as a way of building bridges between Christians and Muslims — time to ask questions, share their deep faiths and listen intently — over a shared meal.

Heart of Treasure Valley

Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths

After 23 years of living and working in a predominantly Muslim country, Nick and Laura Armstrong returned to Boise — and were startled by Americans’ animosity toward Muslims because it was so contradictory to their experience in Indonesia. They started Peace Feasts as a way of building bridges between Christians and Muslims — finding commonalities, asking questions, sharing their deep faiths and listening intently — over a shared meal.

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Wounded veteran trains twice to climb Everest

Since having his lower leg amputated after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville has tried twice to climb the highest mountain in the world — and each time was turned away by devastating natural disasters on and near Everest. He wanted — and wants — to prove something to himself, to other veterans and to the world: That injured veterans can do anything. His climb is sponsored by The Heroes Project.

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Sierra Leone exchange student seeing ‘better days’ after surgery

Joseph Sesay is a foreign exchange student from Sierra Leone, attending Boise High School as a blind student. “I wanted to come to the U.S. simply because, number one, I want to explore the world. And number two, I want to get more education, improve my English, yes. Number three, of course, to make more friends. And number four, to share the cultures.” Joseph is getting all that. And unexpectedly more: He is also getting his sight.

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Boise woman determined and grateful

Life gives you challenges, says Van Tran, but it also gives you opportunities. Her family had to flee Vietnam before the fall of Saigon, but they were welcomed to the United States. And, in spite of polio as an infant, she, too, has been equally as successful. “From there, you always giving,” she says.

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Know someone living “from the heart?” Idaho Statesman photojournalist Katherine Jones spotlights someone in the Treasure Valley who influences our lives not only by what they do, but how and why they do it. Do you know someone we should know? Call 377-6414 or email kjones@idahostatesman.com.

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Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor 01:50

Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor

Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths 02:39

Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths

Boise moms are lifelong friends and their babies were born on the same day 01:49

Boise moms are lifelong friends and their babies were born on the same day

Wounded veteran trains twice to climb Everest 02:27

Wounded veteran trains twice to climb Everest

Blind foreign exchange student sings thank you after surgery 01:44

Blind foreign exchange student sings thank you after surgery

Santa in Nampa 01:32

Santa in Nampa

Angie Smith photographs Boise's refugees 01:39

Angie Smith photographs Boise's refugees

Why Tina Dean says she should not be recalled 00:31

Why Tina Dean says she should not be recalled

Trustee Carol Sayles on why she should not be recalled 00:20

Trustee Carol Sayles on why she should not be recalled

This Boise Tree Has Been To The Moon And Back 00:48

This Boise Tree Has Been To The Moon And Back

Tamarack Bike Park update 01:04

Tamarack Bike Park update

How Eagle softball is handling national hype 01:24

How Eagle softball is handling national hype

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Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor

The Armenian Genocide is often called “the forgotten genocide,” yet 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923. Jo-Ann Kachigian remembers her mother and father, who witnessed it all — and survived. She thinks of her grandparents, her aunts and uncles and cousins, 46 of them in all — who didn’t. Jo-Ann vows to tell her mother's story and teach others about the genocide, “with the hope that remembering our tragic past will keep us from repeating it.”
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor 01:50

Armenian genocide was 101 years ago, but it's still personal for Boise daughter of a survivor

Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths 02:39

Boise Muslims and Christians share dinner and their faiths

Boise moms are lifelong friends and their babies were born on the same day 01:49

Boise moms are lifelong friends and their babies were born on the same day

Wounded veteran trains twice to climb Everest 02:27

Wounded veteran trains twice to climb Everest