Year archives: 2008

Isolated on the border

By Sara Khojoyan   Bread is the children’s best treat. Snow cuts the village off the rest of the world. “I am lucky, my children don’t complain… ” says the mother of 11. There is a tray full of apples, pears and quince, a saucer full of nuts. They treat a guest from Yerevan to […]

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Living with added disaster in earthquake land

By Arpi Harutyunyan   Hakob never fully recovered from the accident. The family’s only hope is God or Santa… Hakob Papoyan’s family has seen more tragedy than most in Spitak. And that is considerable, as most families here still are impacted by the 1988 earthquake. Hakob, 35, has seen two tragedies, the latest just two […]

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A bad decision, and a lifetime to recover or regret

By Suren Deheryan   Suicide attempt left Garik without hands.   Garik’s parents are trying to be optimistic.   Garik Mikayelyan, 21, has no hands. Five months ago he tried to kill himself because he was being tortured by his commander in the Republic of Armenia Army and could no longer endure the beatings and […]

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A family, a foundation, and waiting for spring

By Gayane Mkrtchyan, Anahit Hayrapetyan   The family is grateful to at least have this place. Aren’t they beautiful? “These walls are our kingdom.” In the rays of a sunset the village huddling on top of a hill looks like a gilded crown. Autumn in the village of Geghard in Armenia’s Kotayk province is at […]

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In captivity in Shushi

By Lusine Musayelyan   “… I wonder how we survived,” says Eleonora recalling the horrors of their past. Eleonora and her son on their first day in Shushi. “Beating, hunger, mockery while in captivity; beggary, poverty after it – this is how I imagine Shushi,” says heartbroken 53-year-old Eleonora who has lived in Shushi with […]

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Just a job and some hope . . .

  By Ruzanna Amiraghyan   Every time talking about her husband her eyes fill with bitter tears. Yeghsik’s only goal is to take care of her family.   Two years ago the Asatryans – a family of four – moved to Metsamor from the village of Lernagog. Yeghsik Hakobyan, 30 and her three children aged […]

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Hope held in a heart without cracked walls

By Marianna Grigoryan, Anahit Hayrapetyan Once upon a time there was a girl dreaming to grow up and have a baby-girl to give her a better life. Little Siranush and her favorite dolly. As a child Anahit dreamed for days for visitors to come to the orphanage. Anahit’s parents died when she was two years […]

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Misery in Martakert

By Lusine Musayelyan “My children want warm clothes and want to eat their fill, and I want health. Well, health is eating full and being warm, you know.” This is the only thing Manushak Balayan, 36, a resident of Martakert, wants for the New Year. Manushak’s husband died because of a stomach illness: “He underwent […]

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