Maidan: A Place Where Every Nationality Meets
Maidan is a unique place of mixed cultures. In one neighborhood are living Armenians, Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Kurdish, Turks, Jewish. Different religion, culture, ethnicity, traditions and rituals are not barrier for good relationship. Maidan has its own language. You can speak with Armenian, Azerbaijani or Georgian without understanding their ethnic origins: all of them fluently speak at least three languages.
Faces of Maidan
Raisa

85 years old Raisa is one of the oldest residents of Maidan. She spends the main part of day with neighbor’s children – Leyli and Maya. Playing with grandmother and get sweats from her is the best play for children. - ''I am living in Maidan starting from 1950’s. I have children but now I’m living alone. When I feel me bad first who comes for help is my Azerbaijani neighbor. We have good and warm relationship with each other. Both sides were mistaken when starting the war. We never had conflict with each other, here and even in that time. We are listening to Azerbaijani radio, singing Armenian and Azerbaijani national songs''.

 

Margo

Drinking tea is one of the rituals of people living in Maidan. It is already 12 years Armenian woman Margo is making tastiest tea in her Chaikhana- tea-house.  

''In 1992 went Russia through Baku. He and two Armenians were captured there. When we knew about it, I took all the photos of my son and run to the Station. All my neighbors were looking on my son as well. We had Georgian neighbor, whose wife, Leyli was Turk and she said. ''Margo, I promise you, I will return your Emil. It was 21 days that my son was lost and I was already sure he was dea''. Then Leyli went to Baku, found my son in Jail. She whispered. ''I am your mother, your father is Georgian''. When Leyli brought my son to me, I told her, you are the second mother of my son, you gave him second life.

Fizuli

42 years old.

''I remember in my childhood, when my mother was alive, we were speaking all our secret conversations in Armenian. Beside language, we are friends and relatives: we do not have any problem here. I know people living in Azerbaijan and Armenia have problems: they are enemies. But we love each other here. Armenian woman Satik is my second mother, she is making food for me every day. Also my sisters husband is Armenian. Though, the best Armenian for me is my lover. I am in love with her since my childhood. My life has turned out in this way. I want to come to Armenia, but my name and surname is enough for having problems there. My cousin died during Kharabakh War. What can I do?''

 

 

Children of Maidan

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