Year archives: 2007

The rocky life

By Sara Khojoyan The village of Byurakan is situated on the south-eastern side of Mount Aragats, among the hills and canyons of the Aragatsotn region. The area became known in 1947, when a scientific observatory was built there, 1,500 meters above sea level. People of Byurakan, though, have more earthly concerns than the luxury of […]

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Living gray on the narrow streets of Kond

By Siranouish Gevorgyan   Little Samvel, 10, covers his face with a soft toy out of shame and huddles himself up on the bed when his mother, Margarita Muradyan, upbraids him for paying little attention to his homework, despite the fact that he studies well at school. Samvel’s elder brother, Manvel, and sister, Tamara, play […]

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Hardship and separation and dreams in verse

By Ruzanna Amiraghyan   Emma and Gevorg Malkhasyan’s home turned into dust during the 1988 earthquake. “We always had a full house: I used to love cooking different things, very tasty, and we would frequently cook several times per day.”   Pregnant with her third baby after the earthquake Emma took her two elder children Frida […]

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The Loryans

By Gayane Abrahamyan   Heghine, 10, embraces her mother as if hugs and kisses could replace trouble and pain. The mother secretly wipes away her tears and says quietly: “I don’t even enjoy my children’s existence, because of the damned problems. They are the sunshine of my life, but when dinner time comes I realize […]

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The Karapetyans

By Gayane Mkrtchyan   Nature in Syunik is perfectly embroidered. The mountains gently lean against each other. Their large slopes are places where, unaware of the outer world, small villages bunch. Darbas is one them: it reveals itself after another twist of the mountainous road. Human destinies in Darbas are not as perfect and ideal […]

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The Hovhannisyans

By Suren Musayelyan In a building that once belonged to a cotton factory, 12 families live in severe conditions in the village of Norapat. Here, poverty is relative, but all agree that Hasmik Hovhannisyan and her two sons face the worst situation.   Hasmik, 41, 12-year-old Vazgen, and 14-year-old Shahen, have lived here longest – […]

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The Baghdasaryans_Tkhkut (Meghri)

By Aris Ghazinyan   Unlike “big white”, the “landrace” swine is not distinguished with sharp smell: it is more like its wild kin – a “living plough” of the Syunik forests. Like the wild bore it knows how to prick up its ears, but also sharpen its fangs. Probably it is poor smell that makes […]

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