Eight Stories of Making a Difference During and After the 2020 Artsakh War

In the wake of the 2020 Artsakh War, the Armenian nation has encountered mounting challenges, placing us at a pivotal juncture in the annals of Armenian history, especially for our compatriots in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Today serves as a stark reminder of our homeland’s enduring trials, yet it also stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit and resolute dedication of our volunteers, both past and present, who have persistently left a positive mark.

Below, you’ll find eight instances highlighting how volunteers, undeterred by adversity, opted to channel their energies toward effecting change.


1. Emie Boghigian: Healing Hearts with Compassion

Emie Boghigian’s service with the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund is a testament to her compassion. She dedicated herself to massaging wounded soldiers, working tirelessly to alleviate their pain, often addressing scar tissues. Her efforts brought immense relief to those who sacrificed for their homeland, a testament to the power of kindness and care.


2. Upasna Dutt: Bridging Gaps through Translation

Upasna Dutt’s commitment to the Nagorno-Karabagh Representative’s Office during the war was remarkable. She translated critical messages for their website, enlisting friends for editing and translating. Her dedication ensured vital information was shared on the NKR Office’s website and social media, keeping the world informed.


3. Alex Faurot: Advocating through Law and Words

Alex Faurot’s journey with AVC led him to Path of Law NGO, where he wrote, edited, and researched vital regional issues. His work with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe illuminated issues through conferences, advocating for positive change.


4. Emanuele Cassano: Writing to Remember

Emanuele Cassano, inspired by Armenia, is pursuing a second Master’s degree and writing a book about the Artsakh conflict. His dedication will raise awareness among Italian-speaking audiences, ensuring the world remembers the events.


5. Erwan Louerat: Analyzing Media Coverage

Erwan Louerat’s International Center for Human Development (ICHD) service involved researching and analyzing Western media’s coverage of the 2020 Artsakh War, especially in France. His work revealed the media’s role in shaping public perception.


6. Ardem Tutunjian: Bringing Joy to War-Affected Children

Ardem Tutunjian’s AVC journey led to an annual Christmas party for war-affected children. Despite COVID-19 challenges, Ardem’s determination and community support continued this heartwarming tradition.


7. Nerses Tasci: Bridging Languages and Cultures

Nerses Tasci, originally from Turkey, contributed to the Armenian School of Democracy by translating Turkish think tank analyses related to Armenia and the South Caucasus. 


8. Aline Arslanian: Educating for a Stronger Future

Aline Arslanian teaches English to students in remote villages through the Hidden Road Initiative (HRI). Her commitment reflects the importance of education in building a stronger Armenia.

Today, think of these dedicated individuals who embody service, compassion, and resilience as we reflect on the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2020 Artsakh war. Through their stories, we find hope for a brighter future and a stronger homeland. 

September 27, 2023