‘I’M A HAPPY MAN. I RAISE 8 SOLDIERS FOR THE MOTHERLAND,’ says the father of 9 children Armen from Goris.

http://lenahovsepyan.com By Lena HOVSEPYAN  ‘May you sit for dinner with seven children’ the folk says when blessing a newly married couple. In this family they gather for dinner with 9 children – eight sons and a daughter. The girl helps the mother to set the table… That’s all about the romanticism in our story. The […]

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LIFE AS A MARATHON

http://armregions.am By Knar BABAYAN ‘For three years I had to go to the neighboring village for school. I had to cross 7 km there and back daily. And it was then that I made my mind to go in for sport. My physical training master advised me to run. I tried and I did it. […]

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LARGE FAMILY ON BORDER: “I HOPE WE WILL NOT BECOME HOMELESS”.

Tigran PASKEVICHYAN  The house where Susan and Karen Madatyan family lives is not visible from the position of the Azerbaijani armed forces. However the family, which consists of seven members every day, experiences the difficulties of the life on the border. “Sometimes we hear the shots everyday”, says Karen. He also added that the area […]

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“THE ONLY THING I WANT IS TO WALK 5 METERS UNASSISTED”

http://old.hetq.am http://vimeo.com By Knar BABAYAN We met Narek in the village of Tsamtsor, situated 45 km to north from Hadrut region. He was ready to go to the field since his son had some problems with the tractor. Everything would look natural but for Narek’s wheelchair. Narek Avagyan, 57, was born and lives in Tsamtsor. […]

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HEY, DAVO, COME ON! WHOLE OUR LIFE’S A FREAK SHOW, DON’T CRY FOR IT.

http://www.168.am Lusine STEPANYAN Aram is getting confused at the sight of the overcrowded truck body-like dwelling-wagon. He looks helpless trying to move and striking against the wooden wall of the wagon. He looks around trying to guess why the voices of these strangers echo. The 11 year-old boy has so strained his ears that cannot […]

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CHILDREN ARE BEING RAISED IN RUINED HOUSE

http://www.aravot.am Anush KHECHOYAN The needy family has nowhere to go and no money to repair, or, to be more precise, to restore their house. Gohar Khachatryan with her 4 underage children lives at a ramshackle house 3, Rustaveli Str. of Kond district, Yerevan. At first their house was comprised of 3 rooms, and now only […]

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22 MONTHS OF CAPTIVITY IN AZERBAIJAN: THE CAPTIVE RECALLS THE NIGHTMARES HE ENDURED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BARBWIRE

http://medialab.am Anush BULGHADARYAN For 22 months he had the tough planks as his bed and prayers as his unquenchable hope. Somewhere far behind the mist was his 5-month son, somewhere nearby – the mice, the non-stop voice of the metal and humiliations. Haghartsin village inhabitant Artur Badalyan, 32, carries in his mind the nightmares of […]

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FOR 4 MONTHS THE BOY HAS BEEN COLLECTING IRON TO BUY CLOTHES FOR HIS BROTHER

http://hetq.am By Grisha BALASANYAN For four months Beniamin piled scrap metal in the corner of their yard. The 9 year-old boy’s main occupation during the summer vacation was collecting nonferrous metal from the destroyed houses of their village. Every morning, with a pick in his hand, he used to go looking for metal. Beniamin could […]

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The “Hero” or Alina Vardanyan of Artavaz

Grisha BALASANYAN www.hetq.am http://hetq.am/am/society/alina-vardanyan/   As a journalist, I have come across many socially insecure families. All of them have complained that they are not living well, that they are unemployed and that the state does not extend them any help.   Alina Vardanyan, too, from the village of Artavaz in Kotayq, lives in socially […]

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Amid humidity, within the neighborhood of spiders and rats

Lusine MUSAYELYAN www.azatutyun.am   It didn’t take long to find the Ghahramanyans’ home. Taking the advice of a neighbor soaking her laundry, I walked along the course of the water running through the courtyard. It took me directly to the window of the house I was looking for and then it was absorbed into the […]

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