Posts tagged ‘relationships’

May 9, 2011

“I am from Karabakh, I was born in Azerbaijan, I live in Armenia. I don’t know who I am. I’m human”

This is a transcript of an interview with Alla, recorded in Yerevan, Armenia, on Feb. 21, 2011. You can listen to the interview (in Armenian) here:

My name is Alla; I’m 24 years old. It seems I work in journalism, if I’m not mistaken [jokingly]. I graduated from the Faculty of Journalism. I was born in Azerbaijan; [now] I live in Armenia, with my father. Before, my brother was with us too, now he’s married. I have brothers who don’t live in Armenia. My mother died in the summer of 1988; I wasn’t yet 2 years old. At that time, I was still in Azerbaijan. If I’m not mistaken, in 1989, when all that [i.e. the Nagorno-Karabakh War] started, we came to Armenia. We lived in the city of Kirovabad [present-day Ganja]. They also call that city Gandzak or Ganja. I knew it as Kirovabad; now I don’t what’s the right way to call it. Then everything started (the war with Azerbaijan, the joining with Armenia): In short, we were forced to come here. But my mother’s grave is there [in Azerbaijan].

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April 17, 2011

“The old generation’s answers should not be given by this new generation”

This is a transcript of an interview with Serine, recorded in Stepanavan on Feb. 13, 2011. You can listen to the interview (in Armenian) here:

I’m Serine.  I was born in 1986 in Stepanavan. I grew up here. I studied at Yerevan’s pedagogical university [the Armenian State Pedagogical University] in the logopedics department. I volunteered at World Vision for a year, I still work as a volunteer, but I also have a paid job at a school. I worked at the school as a volunteer for two months, then I moved on to [paid] work. I live with my parents. It’s me, my mother, father; I also have an older sister. Unfortunately, she’s disabled — because of doctors. When she was 3 years old, they vaccinated her incorrectly. At one time, there were such cases, and it seems to me there still will be, because the children of papas [wealthy people] are studying at the medical university.

Do you remember anything from the Soviet years, or what seems different to you now from those years?

It seems to me at that time people had a lot of complexes. Then I heard from my mother about “acquiring from under the table” [that is, goods appeared to be non-existent in shops, but they were held by shopkeepers and given to some — the wealthy, the influential — under the table, so to speak]. I know from hearing about it; of course, I don’t remember. But it seems to me people had complexes. Even if they lived like they do today, had a boyfriend, but they kept it more hidden. Now it’s more out in the open. That is, they could’ve been dating someone, [but] not tell their mother and not come out in to the street. But now, it seems to me, youth, even schoolage [children], don’t have those complexes. It’s a difference of mentality.

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