<p>When Karabakh refugees arrived in Osakhan, Armenia, three friends decided to start a small factory so women refugees could earn some money and focus on work. </p>
Recovering from war, one stitch at a time
<p>When Arman Mkhitaryan was three, his parents baptized him in the Armenian Apostolic Church. Ten years ago, however, when Arman was 27, he decided to convert to an ancient Armenian pre-Christian faith, Hetanism.</p>
Armenian pagans return to their roots
<p>Yezidis trace their history in Armenia back for centuries. The largest religious minority in the country, there are an estimated 35,000 Yezidis living in Armenia today, or just over one percent of the population. Yezidis say they feel at home in Armenia—the country is host to the largest Yezidi temple outside of Iraq. But the community has failed to assimilate in some ways. For instance, in Yezidi families, girls are rarely encouraged to stay in school. Families prioritize work over education, and even when girls can graduate from school, communities tend to shun young women who go to university. </p>
Breaking the cycle: Yezidi girls fight for the right to learn
Taguhi Mansuryan was not always an “other.” The 41-year-old beautician used to follow all “the rules” Armenian society demanded of her: she got married, she had a son—and she stayed with her husband even after he beat her.
Creating a new life as an "other"
While Facebook is still the most popular social media site in Armenia, with 1.5 million registered users, TikTok is quickly evolving from a kids’ app for funny dance videos to an influential platform.