After 23 years many refugee families still live in need in Armenia: World Vision supports them become full members of the society

Author: Nune Hayrapetyan, Communications

Lusine-13, is one of the four kids in the family. Her three brothers, parents and grandfather live all together in one tiny house of two-rooms, sharing the living-room and bedroom, as well as kitchen is a bathroom sometimes. Lusine’s mother Marine is 40 years old and clearly remembers how her and her future husband’s families were living their hometown with others at night. 

“One usual day our neighbor visited us in the evening asking my father to take his family out of country as soon as possible,” remembers Marine, adding “he said that war is going to start and we must escape.” 

Marine’s father is 76 now. Jumshud took his family out of his house, leaving everything at their home and carrying only what they could place in their bags. On the road they took off their shoes, not to make a noise. “We were not the only ones walking miles on the mounts at night. Many families informed each other and we escaped all together in a line. When reaching a safer territory, where Armenians met us taking into temporary shelters, I noticed that my father is not with us,” says Marine. 

Jumshud went back to inform more Armenian neighbors about the starting war. 

 

Hrayr, 13, is a bright boy living with his family in the beautiful Tchambarak town, Armenia. This town is only 16 km far from border with Azerbaijan. Hrayr’s mother Narine, 45, and father Mayis, 44, met here in beautiful town Tchambarak. Both of the parents moved here before the armed conflict happened between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh. 

“We lived in temporary shelters for long years and when I got married I was lucky to move to my husband’s house. Our house hasn’t seen any renovation about 30 even more years, the roof leaks all the winters and we hardly are able to fix windows when wind blows,” shares Narine. 

 

Aramayis, 13, is great at Judo. He receives all kind of medals and honors from all competitions in the area. His grandfather Aramayis, 79, is proud of his grandchild. "Our grandpa is very serious person. He never says a good word or something motivating to his sons. But young Aramayis is the one who keeps grandpa smiling," says Gayane, 34, young Aramayis's mother. The family moved from the territory of Azerbaijan in 1991 right before the armed conflict was going to start. Grandpa Aramayis remembers everyone and everything lost during those years. "I left all my property there: my huge house, my wide land and apricot trees, all my friends and relatives. All my family was spread around Armenia trying to find their own place under the sun," shares Aramayis grandpa, adding, "Now I don't even think about the things we left there. It makes me feel very bad and very sad. I don't live here, I just survive. However we try, it meets only the ends. One can never save a little money for future."

 

Alik, 14, is a handsome and tall boy, who lives with his huge family of 7 people in Tchambarak Town. His father and mother, grandmother, brother and his wife, and their newborn child are sharing the two-room house. 

"I remember when escaping from Azerbaijan, we came to shelters. I was a 65 years old lady, very active and feeling still young. I was helping all the women with their kids and motivating them to survive the hardest days. But the news about my son being killed on the border made me lose my consciousness," shares grandma Varduhi, 80. "The only thing I remember at that time was that several years I couldn't live, couldn't come back to life. I was eating, sleeping, walking, living, but that was not a life," adds Varduhi. 

 

Tchambarak, Armenia