In a thread of tweets American Armenian pop star Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) has shared photos from her 1993 trip to Armenia.
In May, 1993, Cher, 46, took a three-day trip to Armenia. She arrived in Yerevan on a sunny, 50°F Wednesday. She had departed her home in Santa Monica several days earlier, paid a visit to her 17-year-old son, Elijah Blue Allman, at his New England prep school, slopped briefly in London, then flown to Armenia under the auspices of the United Armenian Fund, a nonprofit relief organization, on a rickety DC-8 cargo plane, according to PEOPLE.
With her came 45 tons of medical supplies, books, printing equipment, candy and toys. Then, at the airport, she and her companions—including her old pal and assistant Paulette Betts and true love turned best friend Rob Camilletti, 28—boarded an ancient bus crammed with an international group of reporters and photographers who had vied for the chance to join her.
“I want to bring a face to the name Armenian,” she then said. Her itinerary included an orphanage, a typical Armenian household and—because she is, after all, Cher—a brief meeting with the then President Levon Ter-Petrosyan.