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“I was 14 when my father turned me into the streets, and I am grateful to him for that.” Varda Avetisyan: from cutting a divisive figure to becoming a game- changing restaurateur

“I’ve always felt like an orphan, a parentless child, and I had to stand up for myself, shape myself up, so that whenever I failed I would know it was my fault,” says Varda Avetisyan, a restaurateur and founder of Kchuch, Losh and Tava restaurants of authentic Armenian cuisine in Dilijan.

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Getting a Job Saved my Life. Mariam Melikyan: a Lifelong Journey from Violence to Happiness in Everlasting Silence

“Daily beatings and violence had become a part of our married life. He would beat me at the slightest pretext or for nothing at all. He beat me out from jealousy, whenever he was frustrated, or whenever he felt like doing it. When he beat me in front our daughter, it was the last straw for me. I just moved to my parents’ house together with my child,” says Mariam Melikyan.

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“I could not live with the realization of what he had done to children.” Nana Manucharyan: from Stigma to Resilience of Burnt Clay

“The moment I learnt the truth, I just lost any interest in life. I wished I hadn’t known anything at all,” says Nana Manucharyan, who was only 21 when she discovered the ugly, devastating reality of her marriage: her husband was a child abuser.

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“Your life is in your hands, you can change it. Nothing is impossible – I changed my life” — Lena Harutyunyan: from despair to inspirer

“My son was 1.5 year when I first ran into the reality. We discovered he had autism. A big test was awaiting me in this life. I was disappointed with the world, life, relatives, friends, my own mother and father, even myself,” Lena Harutyunyan says, and her eyes fill with tears.

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