Karabakh is famous not only for its beautiful nature, ancient monuments, fertile land, but also for long-livers. As of February 2018, there are 16 people aged over 100 in Nagorno-Karabakh. The oldest woman, Arevhat Sargsyan, 110, lives in the village of Tagavard. Correspondents of Armenian News - NEWS.am visited her (PHOTOS).
By the time of our arrival grandma Arevhat was not at home. But soon we saw a fragile woman with a dark headscarf and apron. Long years of hard life left their mark on her, but did not change one thing - her radiant, joyful smile.
Talking with grandma Arevhat is pleasant , but not easy. The Karabakh dialect, which is not easy to understand, is generously flavored with local words and expressions. I tried to delicately ask the grandmother about her life, but after ten minutes I took a break and asked for a "translator".
With the help of her daughter-in-law Stella it turns out that grandma Arevhat is turning 110 on July 1. Her long life was difficult, hard, full of achievements and losses. 17-year-old Arevhat got married to widower Lazar, the father of five children. Young Arevhat gave birth to the first child, but after a while Lazar died. Arevhat did not abandon her husband's children. A few years later, Arevhat got married for the second time again to the widower, with six children. Then the couple had three children. After the death of her second husband, Arevhat brought up 15 children. Arevhat has worked as a nurse in hospital for many years.
Telling about her life, grandma Arevhat repeated many times "I never lived, but suffered". Arevhat has outlived some of her children.
Asked, how many grandchildren and great-grandchildren Arevhat has, Stella answered: "More than a hundred."
It turns out that grandma likes coffee and good wine.
In general, according to the family members, she eats mostly vegetables, does not like meat and sausages.
"Eat a lot of fruit, apples and plums, dried fruits, it is useful for health," the grandma Arevhat advises.
Because of poor eyesight, she is not able to knit or sewbut she actively does everything possible at home and in the garden.
On our way to Stepanakert each of us was thinking about the meeting with the grandmother of Arevhat. World War I, World War II, conquest of space - grandmother Arevat became the witness of a whole century.
Photos by Arsen Sargsyan / Armenian News - NEWS.am