I WILL NEVER RETURN TO KARABAKH AS A TOURIST
Hayduk and Aida Shamlian met in the late 80s in Canada, in a meeting
devoted to Arstakh.
But this was not the reason for their "adoration" of Artsakh. For
three years now Hayduk and Aida sponsor the children’s camp in Shushi.
They say they wait impatiently for the summer to arrive in
Shushi. "When I first came to Shushi, I was taken with the other
tourists to the sights, took part in interesting events held for
us. But when I saw the children living in half-ruined houses, I
decided never to come back here as a tourist. I returned to Canada,
and my husband and I worked out a project to set up a summer camp
here," Aida says.
This year thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Shamlian 150 children rested at the
Narekatsi cultural center of Shushi. Aida says the children played,
sang Armenian songs, danced Armenian dances and got emblems with
Mount Ararat and the Armenian flag.