«Maragha»: evidences and evaluations

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“It was April 1992 and that morning the Azeris had begun to attack [the] village, which had innocent civilians living there.  The Azeris began with the shelling, and then the tanks came and the soldiers came.  And while we were there, they sawed off the heads of some of the villagers.
“I will never forget that terrible day… I saw the evidence: I saw the saws; I saw the vertebrae on the ground.  They burnt other people alive.  I saw the burnt remains of an old woman.  And then they looted and pillaged – took everything – and burnt the homes.”
(Source: Interview with Caroline Cox)

“What we saw defies description  [...] The photographs taken on those days in Maragha showed the horror of the massacre perpetrated there: decapitated and charred bodies, remains of children, blood-stained earth and pieces of human flesh scattered in places where Azerbaijanis had sawed up people while they were still alive.  We saw sickles they had used for dismembering the bodies with dried up blood on them… Having killed the residents of Maragha, the Azeris went on to loot and burn the village.”
(Source: Interview with Baroness Caroline Cox in Golos Armenii (The Voice of Armenia) Newspaper, 7 April 2001,)

“They had dismembered and burnt Varya so badly that  I could only recognise it was her from the clothes.  They killed her husband not far from her, along with her daughters and mother-in-law, and took her two grandchildren hostage… I was looking for my daughter, Karine Poghosyan, and then I heard that she had been taken hostage along with her two children, three-year old Narek and little Leila who she  was still breastfeeding.  They also took my second daughter, Zarine, hostage along with her two children, aged four and six.”
Svetlana Poghosyan
(Source: Petition to the Human Rights Committee c/o Centre for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland)

“They beat, killed and burned some of the children, while the others they took as hostages.  I cannot recount what they were doing to the young ladies and girls that they took hostage; the women who did return were covered in scars inflicted from cigarette burns.  The head of one elderly person had been cut off and hung in the village square.”
Elmira Sahakyan
(Source: Petition to the Human Rights Committee c/o Centre for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland).

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