Armen Avetisyan, a soldier known for his feat in the village of Achajur, has been defending the border near to the village of Vazashen, since 1988 when the Karabakh War started. He took part in the fights in Lachin corridor, on the Karabakh front, was wounded twice.
Armen, 44, is on a military service day and night. He rarely sees his family.
The price for the 20 years of service to the fatherland for, a father of 6, is this extreme poverty. A seventh child is due any day, will be a boy again.
Armen tried to renovate the house, to expand it to have his son married, but he did not manage to finish it. The home remained trapped in the cold winds, because there was no means for repair. They will spend the winter months in the lower story now resembling a shed with a dirt floor, broken window panes and pealing walls.
A gas pipe stretches above their gate, but there is no money to have it connected, so they will be forced again to somehow find wood to heat the house this winter.
The HyeSanta project by ArmeniaNow.com is trying to help (click here to donate). So is Armenian blogger Noni_no, who will be waiting today in front of Yerevan’s Moscow cinema theatre to collect donations, to help the large family of the soldier who had a large enough heart to keep the border for me and you, for all of us to have this opportunity to do something good on Christmas Eve.