The joy of being pain-free again

The joy of being pain-free again

by Sevak Hakobyan “Every day, for ten years, I’ve walked ten kilometers to come from Jujevan to Noyemberyan,” recalls Nshanik Hovhannisyan, who has worked at the Noyemberyan Hospital from 1985 to 1995. Today, Hovhannisyan has come to Noyemberyan in a car, and somehow...
This hardy resident will never leave his border village

This hardy resident will never leave his border village

In Berdavan, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Region located less than a mile from the border with Azerbaijan, most adult residents are former or current soldiers, irrespective of their regular professions. They include Gagik Ghazaryan, the district manager in charge of...
A Los Angeles doctor’s fascination with Armenia

A Los Angeles doctor’s fascination with Armenia

by Sevak Hakobyan Dr. Robin Kim, of Glendale, California, has participated in medical missions to several countries including Haiti, Peru, Mexico, and, in recent years, Armenia. An anesthesiologist at Adventist Health Glendale (AHG) for the past 17 years, Dr. Kim was...
A fresh start for a survivor family

A fresh start for a survivor family

Old address: Gorky Street, metal container No. 161/047 New address: Mush 2 District, 11th Street, Building No. 1, Apartment 25 Lyova Galstyan and his wife, Voskehat, are among thousands of Gyumri families whose lives were turned upside down by the 1988 earthquake. The...
A new, wonderful turning point

A new, wonderful turning point

Old address: Vazgen Sargsyan Street, metal container No. 224/109 New address: Mush 2 District, Building No. 4/29, Apartment 21 This is the incredible story of the Hovsepyans, a family that struggled for sheer survival on the margins of Gyumri, forgotten long ago, all...
The realization of a cherished dream

The realization of a cherished dream

Old address: metal container No. 231/450 New address: Mush 2 District, Halabyan Street, Building No. 4, Apartment 30 For as long as he remembers, Arsen Khachatryan, a young resident of Gyumri, has lived in huts — known as domiks. Born a few years after the 1988 Spitak...

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