November 27
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The reporter of Armenian visited the family of Ira Aghadjanyan, the visit was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Massacre organized by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Maghara Village of the Nagorno-Karabakh. The former inhabitant of the part of Nagorno-Karabakh region which is currently occupied by Azerbaijan, recalls the tragic events, because of which 12 of her relatives died, with horror.

“After the Massacre on April 10 in Maghara, we understood that it would be impossible to stay in the village as we survived by miracle. My husband stayed to fight while I was trying to find a way to get to Armenia with my 5 small children,” Ira Aghadjanyan told.

She remembers in great detail how she wandered for months with her children, her sister and her sister’s children, her neighbor with her children trying to get away from the war zone.

In June, 1992, she got to Armenia and settled in Abovyan city.

She recalls with tears how the Azerbaijani monsters burnt her uncle’s wife in a club, how they beat her cousin to death and they tied her other cousin and threw him under a train.

Even though there had been shootings before April they did not want to leave the village and thought that they might be able to defend themselves. However, after the massacre of April 10 they had to leave their home which is still occupied by the enemy.

“Our village was unique by its geographical position and climate. I miss the village. I wish I can see Maragha again. I often walk in the village in my mind. I hope that someday I will be able to return,” she said.

She also told that several days before the massacre the Azerbaijanis had ceased shooting thus creating a false impression.

“Of course they shot, but rarely. They started the attack at daybreak on April 10. Many were sleeping, no one was expecting the attack. Armed Azerbaijanis followed by tanks entered the village. Those who could, fled, others were brutally murdered or taken as hostages. It is difficult to describe with words,” Ira Aghadjanyan told with tears in her eyes.

On the day of the attack, Ira was in the nearby village and saw how Maragha was being destroyed.

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