December 16th, 2009


Чтобы не забыть

Просто, чтобы не забыть: Би-би-си опубликовал на английском языке мою статью про деревню Маргара.

So close yet worlds apart

Armenia’s border with Turkey has been closed since 1993. Mark Grigoryan met the Armenian villagers of Margara, who are setting their sights on reconciliationCars driving through Margara

The village of Margara, in the Armavir Province of Armenia, lies on the edge of the world. For the villagers their world ends by the River Arax. On the other side is Turkey – a country that is unknown, maybe hostile, big and alien.

Armenia's border with Turkey has been closed since 1993

There is a bridge that spans the banks of the Arax. From Armenia one can see the other side of the bridge. There is a big red Turkish flag, a huge poster showing the outline of Turkey, and a large portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk.

To stand next to the flag, one has to drive northwards, to neighbouring Georgia, cross the Georgian-Turkish border and then come back from the Turkish side – a 500km journey to cover a distance one could throw a stone across.

(Полностью статья здесь)