Raisa Karapetyan preparing coffee for the family.
“During the war, there were many cars transporting people from Artsakh to Armenia, but there were no drivers. Everyone was in position at the border. I could hardly find a car till the Armenian border, and from there my Armenian relatives helped,” Raisa details, whose husband Ararat Badadzyan, was in the front too. He has been participating in military operations since he was 16 years old.
“This was an air battle, it was difficult to defend. We had many victims…Two of my friends died,” says Ararat Badadzyan, adding that he will return to Stepanakert, however he can not take his family with him for financial reasons.
At the beginning, Badadzyans’ family settled in a relative’s house in Ararat region, afterwards in another relative’s house. Despite numerous announcements by the Government of the Republic of Armenia and programs providing assistance to refugees, the family did not receive any help. After staying at the house of different relatives for more than a month, the family has found an apartment for rent in Abovyan, now they live in a two room apartment.
The family is not yet adapting to their new life and reality, and they believe that one day they will return to their home. "I hope we will at least bring back Hadrut without war, through negotiations, because Hadrut has never been theirs," says Zoya Badadzyan.
The three underage boys of the Badadzyans go to school in Abovyan. They say they are trying to adapt. The school helped the children by providing bags and stationery. Raisa Karapetyan mentions that during this period the individuals also helped them with food and clothes.