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Eva Mezdorian: Azeris, who burnt our houses and killed civilians, labeled Armenians as terrorists

During the years of Artsakh liberation war, Eva Mezdorian shot documentaries to tell the truth about what was happening.

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing the latter launched in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Meanwhile, an ideological war was being fought beyond the conflict area.

PanARMENIAN.Net - “Azeris, who burnt our houses and killed civilians, labeled Armenians as terrorists,” says Eva Mezdorian, public figure, singer and founder of The Jack and Eva Medzorian Foundation, the woman who sought for truth during the those years. “I was looking for documentaries about the conflict but didn’t find any.”

So, she decided to shoot a film to tell the truth about what was happening…

“The early 1990ies, the time of hardship for Armenia. Terrible events the world was unaware about were taking place. I was in Goris and Getashen, I met with volunteers – soldiers and officers, and collected materials for 2 films. I witnessed terrifying scenes and learned about Azeris’ atrocities. At first, people didn’t want to tell me, fearing for my psychological condition. But I told that my parents survived the Genocide, so I can’t be scared of anything. Later, I understood that those people also survived a genocide, since the Azeris used Turks’ methods to kill the Armenian population,” Mrs. Mezdorian says.

She was right. The films feature scenes which really oppress the mind…

“But I found the strength in myself to collect the materials and show them to people who thought of us as terrorists. I had difficulty in screening the films in the United States. But finally, they reached the government,” she continues.

Screening of “Crisis in Armenia" (English Sub titles), 30 minutes, 1989 "Eyewitness to Karabagh" (English Voice Over), 30 minutes, 1991, "Nagorno Karabagh, A Quest for Human Rights" (Prologue by Prof. Dennis Papazian) 25 minutes, February 1992 and "Armenian Struggle for Survival, Refugees" (Prologue Dr. Gregory Adamian) 20 minutes, December 1992, was the victory of the woman, who struggled for justice.

“I believed that after seeing all this, something will change in the minds of U.S. officials. But they just thanked me for work carried out and tried to forget about what they saw,” Mrs. Mezdorian concludes with bitterness in her voice.

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