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DOMIK

By Serpil Polat & Cigdem Ucuncu / NarPhotos In December 1988, the devastating "Spitak Earthquake" hit the Northern part of Armenia where it killed at least 25.000 people and left half a million homeless. Particularly in Armenia's second largest city Gyumri, the number of victims is estimated to be around 15.000-17.000.     Armenia, ...

War Not Peace: Unpunctuated Lives

Eva – The first Eva was the first among the women and at the Kristapor Ivanyan Military College in Stepanakert. The college began admitting girls for the first time two years ago. Eva Ghazaryan was one of three girls who were admitted. Eva's the only girl in the 12th grade. She stands proudly before a backdrop of green–light green–light brown camouflage clothing, the sole exception, wearing ...

Khtsaberd, Artsakh

There’s a place in the world I dream about every morning, where every evening I regret not being there. There’s a place in the world where, as my seven-year-old daughter says, mommy’s grandma, who is quite old, lives. In that center of the world, the houses are so old and have suffered so many injuries from the war that they collapse into themselves, hunched, their shoulders touching the ground, a...

They leave today

The members of the house have been silent since morning. No one is saying anything specific. It’s as though they’re all offended with each other; they don’t look in each other in the eye. The mother silently packs the suitcase. Only the twelve-year-old son can’t contain himself; he is constantly upset and gets everyone emotional. And again each one is in his own thoughts, asking himself, How did t...

Animals help people

Founded in 2008, the Centaur Association of Hippotherapy and Equestrian Sports is located in the Ushi rural community of Aragatsotn marz (province), about 35 km from Yerevan. Centaur is the first and only center of its kind in Armenia, where 6 horses, 33 dogs, 4 cats, and a turtle live. All of the center’s animals were rescued from the street, negligent owners, or the slaughterhouse, and now live ...

Life until and after

Life until When she got married she was still 18. The marriage was an escape from a difficult life. Her future husband had just returned Russia, from an outgoing work. Though he was much older than she, she thought she would get married, have children, she will struggle and live well. “It was really good at first; my husband treated me very well, his mother, father respected me,” the woman r...