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Karabakh war. The story of a patriot

Karabakh war. The story of a patriot

There is nothing higher than let your enemy know that you can remain a human being even in the battle field.

The 1988 events in Sumgait, Azerbaijan, shocked the entire Armenianhood. Dozens of people were slaughtered, majority of them after tortures and severe beatings. Over 200 apartments were robbed and burnt. Thousands of refugees remained homeless. This year changed the lives of many people. 27-year-old Manvel Yeghiazaryan was not an exception…

PanARMENIAN.Net - His life after 1988 is the story of a patriot, the story of commander of legendary Arabo detachment.

“Warriors must look fit and be obedient to the commander, who, in turn, must be ready to give his life for them. I did not see these qualities in the Armenian liberation army when the war broke out. The men just grew beards, as if trying to frighten with their appearance,” Yeghiazaryan recollects.

In 1989, he formed his Arabo detachment to defend the homeland.

Remembering those years, Yeghiazaryan seems to go through them again: ruined houses, burnt down fields…

“The best day was probably when we took a group of captives, among whom was a 3-year-old Azerbaijani child. We were all ill then, the child too. He was coughing terribly. I gave my medicine to his mother. In two days, when the child recovered, his mother thanked me saying: “God bless your children.” There is nothing higher than let your enemy know that you can remain a human being even in the battle field,” Yeghiazaryan said, smiling.

When he avoids misfortune, he still remembers that woman’s blessing.

The summer of 1992 , when Arabo soldiers went missing, was the most severe blow... “That day I was accusing everyone. True, we were prepared for death. But the thought that we could save our friends and didn’t hurts badly,” Yeghiazaryan said.

Today, he collaborates with public organizations and keeps fit. Will he fight if war resumes?

“You know, I can’t but fight. If I do so, many will follow me,” Yeghiazaryan said as a real leader.

Mariam Matnishyan / PanARMENIAN News
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