Documenting Memories of Armenian Captives

In Azeris Hands.

Google has unlimited information about the lives of captives throughout history. However, until now not a single book was written about the memories of  Armenian captives in Azerbaijan.  Since my relative was captured by the Azeris on June 16, 2020, and luckily returned after six months of experiencing hell, I have come to the conclusion that his stories are just one of the hundreds.  I have made appointments with already 15 of the former Armenian prisoners, who are not necessarily military people. Unfortunately, women, elderly people have as well gone through hell and are ready to talk about it.  According to some Russian sources, the number of captives is above 140:

I want to take the responsibility and travel to Armenia. These stories have to be documented, these people's rights have to be protected and these people's lives matter. 

The fundraising is not only for covering the travel expenses but also for publishing the book.  The plan is to fly to Armenia in March, interview and talk to the former Armenian prisoners, collect all the data and start working on the production of the book. I plan to publish the book in September 2021 and hope to receive some international support.

Standing in solidarity with Armenian captives in hands of Azeris.


Ashkhen Arakelyan

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