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Protecting Your Home

Written by: George Chittenden : 21 Sep 2019

This surprising photo was taken by UN photographer Armineh Johannes in Degh village, near the city of Goris in southern Armenia. The lady clutching the AK-47 assault rifle, was 106 years old when the photo was taken in 1990. Armenia was embroiled in a conflict known as the Nagorno-Karabakh War from 1988 to 1994, and she was protecting her home.

This photo is often seen in a comical way, but it’s worth considering that the lady in the photo is old enough to remember the Armenian Genocide, the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians which took place from 1914–1923. Her need to protect herself and her home isn’t surprising.

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