Karin Dag, Karabakh
In July of 2015 Aid to Armenia instructor Harout Boyadjian traveled to the village of Karin Dag to teach first aid and supply first aid kits to 17 villagers.
Karin Dag is located in the Nargorno-Karabagh Republic and sits in the foothills just below Shushi. It is celebrated as the bravest village in Karabakh. During the Nargorno-Karabagh War, when Shushi and all of the villages around it had been captured, the Azeri forces tried to invade Karin Dag to establish control over the entire region. During Aid To Armenia’s first aid training, the villagers shared stories with Harout about the attack that took place on the night of January 28, 1992. They described how the entire village banded together to resist the invading army and stop them from capturing their village.
Children as young as 4 and 5 years old acted as runners throughout the night to bring bullets to their fathers who were holding off attacking forces. That night the village lost the lives of 27 heroic men, but by daylight their efforts paid off when the Azeri forces retreated. This victory was a crucial turning point in the war that helped lead to the liberation of Shushi a few months later.
Harout met with a doctor in the village who had provided medical care in the region during the war and together they taught the first aid and CPR course. The villagers were happy and thankful for the training. It was a special experience for our ATA instructor Harout who was visiting Karabakh for the first time: "I am happy and proud that our first village training in Karabakh was the most heroic village in Artsakh”.