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Heghine Abrahamyan

Fathers name: Onik Abrahamyan

Mothers name: Shushan Melqonyan

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Year of birth: 1912

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Brothers/sisters: Gagik

Profession: Painter

Heghine's mother's death

The Kars-Heghine's birth-place
The painter Hegine Abrahamyan is one of the eye-witnesses of the genocide.Her life story starts like this:She was born in 1912 in Kars,Western Armenia.She is 97 years old.In 1920 when she was 8,she definitively left the Kars immigrating firstly Gyumri then Yerevan.
"I was 3 years old, it was the first time our family had to move.At that time we lived in Adana(Western Armenia)", is telling Heghine."My father was military worker and was working in Yerevan as military provider.My father took as with him to Yerevan.I remember our rated home was near the Opera theatre. At that time that was a deserted place with few houses and gardens.My mother was died in 1918 and my aunts took me and my brother to Kars"
End chapter 1

The frightened child

Heghine's college
Heghine entered the damsels' college.But in 1920 in November the Kars was again attacked by the Turkish."The Turkish obstructed Armenians to leave the town,but as my father was Russian army's soldier,they provided a carriage to gather our things and leave. My aunt had gone to the station to dispose the things. But she came back taken aback and told that the Turkish occupied the station and the train had gone with our things in it.After the Ardahan's event that was the second time we lost our estate.
My father wasn't with as at that time, evidently he was at unit.We sat in a fourgon and hurried to the ravine way,from where we ought to run away. When we got to the ravine there was a dreadful view. The ravine was full of confused people-all were running away.At that time the Turkish seeing that it was a proper chance they had got higher to the ravine's two heights and begun to fire at people...I saw the first was unbearable view for me...probable I fainted. When I regained I saw the fourgone empty. Our folk had gone leaving me alone.There was a Kurd woman with a baby under the fourgone. Near her was sitting my aunt's daughter 4 year old Coxik.She lost spill blood and died in font of my eyes.Then the Kurd woman took me with him and we hurried to a crumbled building...there were a lot a of wounded people with mutilated clothes."
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"I know the world will recognize the genocide".

The only ache Heghine has is her lost fatherland.
In 1921 in spring the orphan children were taken to Gyumri.Among them were Heghine and her brother.
After some time living in Gyumri they moved to Yerevan.Heghine attended to a painter school.Then she went to Leningrad (Russia) to continue learning.
Now nearly 100 year Heghine is continuing painting.The only ache Heghine has is her lost fatherland.
"I know the world will recognize the genocide", is telling Heghine.
End chapter 3