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
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)