Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte lost her childhood to ethnic cleansing. In 1988, she was a ten year old girl living in the seaside city of Baku, in the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. Like any other young girl, she had childhood aspirations, crushes and dreams. That entire life was swept away as the majority Muslim Azeri population drove the minority Christian Armenians out of the country using terror and violence. Her family was forced to flee for their lives to Armenia, a neighboring republic still reeling from the massive earthquake and unprepared for the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Azeri-orchestrated pogroms. Once there, she found herself an outsider; a nationless girl surviving in an unheated basement and facing discrimination again, this time by her own people. Nowhere, A Story of Exile is a riveting, heart-wrenching story told through a personal medium; through the diary entries of a young girl documenting the organized terror in Baku, her life as a refugee, and her struggle to find herself, all against the backdrop of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Anna gives a voice to a horrific tragedy little reported in the West, to the Armenian population of Azerbaijan and to the child victims of ethnic cleansing everywhere.
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About the Author
Anna received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English & Literature and Philosophy & Religion, a minor in Russian Language & Literature from theUniversityofNorth Dakota. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School ofLaw. As a law student Anna received an Outstanding Law Student of the Year by Who's Who American Law Students. In 2004 Anna was one of the first Americans to clerk at the International Criminal Court inThe Hague,Netherlandsafter working toward and observing the ICC's creation at the United Nations in New York.
In 2012 Anna published her book, titledNowhere, a Story of Exile, which she wrote at the age of 14 as her family settled inNorth Dakota as refugees. The book is based on the childhood diaries she kept as her family was fleeing Baku, Azerbaijan and during the years in Armenia.In November, 2015 she was elected to the Westbrook Maine City Council by a landslide.
Anna is a recipient ofMkhitar Gosh Medal, Republic of Armenia's highest civilian honor awarded by President Serge Sargsyan for exceptional achievements in the political-social spheres, as well as outstanding efforts in the fields of diplomacy, law, and political science. Anna also received aGratitude Medalfrom the President of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakyan.
Anna's private career is in banking regulatory law and compliance. She lives in Maine, USA with her husband John and their son and daughter.