An Armenian village on the Turkish border, writes a Hetq article, is surrounded with a hill on the Turkish territory reading ‘Happy is he who is born a Turk.’ 

A vandalism, perhaps, in the eyes of environmentalists, blasphemy in the eyes of earth worshipers and irony in the eyes of history, the writing in Turkish doesn’t bother the villagers of the remote Armenian village. 

The residents of the Shirak village of Jrapi wake up every morning and look at the hills before them, where there are unintelligible words written in a foreign language.  Jrapi is a border village and the hills are located beyond the border, in Turkey. “What is written on that hill?” I asked deputy village head Pargev Balasanyan.

“It says, ‘Happy is he who is born a Turk,'” he said.

“Isn’t it difficult psychologically to see that writing every day?”

“What’s difficult is living here, what do we care about that writing?”