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Khachik Khachaturian

Khachik’s father was forced to move to Siberia in 1949, because he was “kulak”, a rich person. At that time it meant he was not a “bolshevik.” Khachik was born in Altay in 1956, many people like his father, were later released from Siberia. The family moved to Gumri the same year. This was their ancestoral home and they were happy to be home.

The family got an apartment in Gumri. When Khachik was only 16, he fell from the roof of the building and became handicapped. For a while he used canes to walk but lack of therapy and rehabilitation deteriorated his health and over years it got worse. However, Khachik managed to marry and have three children. He was pretty happy with his family. He was a good wielder and was taking a good care of his family. However, his young son was sharing the financial burden with him. He was a lot of hope for the family. His son was a well-known, for his age, boxer who participated in many European sport competitions. But, when he was 16, an accident happened and the boy passed away from high electrical voltage.

This was terrible for the family and especially for Khachik. Traditionally, when parents get old, they stay with one of their sons so they can have a safe and good retirement. Khachik still keeps his son’s pictures on the walls, which kind a lot of memories. Unfortunately, he was not a strong man and after a while he began to get into a drinking habit.

The 1988 devastating earthquake didn’t kill people in Khachik’s family, but his house collapsed. The economic hardships, family tragedy and Khachik’s alcohol abuse were too much to handle. They didn’t have a proper house and Khachik’s health was deteriorating. They got divorced.

Now Khachik lives in the Nursing home, where he does not get proper treatment for his legs and all he has is a cane as his walking device, few clothing and pictures of his son. His two daughters are married and he has four grandchildren. They visit him from time to time, but he misses his family terribly.

He still hopes and dreams that one day he will get proper treatment and be able to walk and eventually work again; one day they will all reunite and be a family and he can play with his grandchildren, take them to parks; that his family will be around him when he gets old. They say, happiness goes to those who can dream…

“The poorest of all men is not the man without a cent but the man without a dream.” (Proverbs 29:18a)





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