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March 11, 2011

“I measure the everyday life of our country through the lives of our children”

Below is the transcript of the interview with Donara Galstyan, recorded in Goris, Armenia on January 23, 2011. You can listen to the interview (in Armenian) here:

I have worked with children for a long time, already about forty years. First I was headmistress at a kindergarten, after that administrator of the former Pioneer school children, later center director. Now I am director of the Hall of Combat Glory. This hall is a big museum dedicated to the freedom fighters [from the Karabakh war] and those who died in the Great Patriotic War. It’s dedicated to their traditions, their customs, their events, and sometimes we have memorial events for our fallen freedom fighters. On the anniversary of the Great Patriotic War on May the 26th, we always have a traditional day dedicated to them.

For four years I worked with parentless children at the Siranush camp organized by the Yeghegnadzor-Syunik diocese. There were children of fallen freedom fighters as well; in the last few years only parentless children. During the war years of the nineties, at the children’s center we took care of parentless children from Martuni, Martakert and Stepanakert for two years. For two consecutive summers the children came to us for a vacation. Those war years of the nineties are always with me, through the children’s eyes. I always see them with my eyes as if through their eyes. Can you imagine the parentless children?

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