One of the distant villages of Martakert region is Khnkavan, which is more than 51 km away from the regional center and, unlike other settlements in the region, is relatively young, having a history of one and a half centuries. The village was united with neighboring village Vaghuhas until 2001. In this area, the people of the village had their cattle and pastures. As for the history of the name of the village, according to folk tradition, when the young trees have been cut down revealing their fragrant nature, the aroma of the incense has always been felt in this small settlement lost in the forests.
The small village Khnkavan has had 14 victims in the Artsakh war; the defenders of the birthplace were the last to leave the village. A year later they took part in the liberation of the village and came back with their families and started to restore their ruined birthplace. Lorik Abrahamyan, the head of the village since 2007, first touches on the achievements of the past few years. Today the village has 188 inhabitants and 55 families. The head of the community emphasizes, with pride, that three new families were set up in the village last year and three children were born. We have 45 school-age children. There was an eight-year school in Khnkavan, now it's elementary, with 13 pupils. The seniors are studying in the middle-school of Vaghuhas.
There is an aid station in the village. The Khnkavan residents earn their livelihood by cattle breeding and farming, partly. There are 30 hectares of arable land in the village. The villagers are extremely hard-working; in addition to vegetables they grow crops in spring.
Khnkavan also became part of the state program to provide apartments to the families of freedom fighters who have been killed and those who became disabled in the Artsakh Liberation War. During the post-war years more than a dozen families in the village were provided with apartments that were repaired or built from the ground up. But there still remain many unsolved problems.
The community is provided with cellular communication, and there are also landline telephones. Khnkavan residents view both Artsakh Public TV and Armenian and Russian channels. The community with its small budget and limited opportunities has summed up the previous financial year with some progress. According to L. Abrahamyan, they managed to reach the income collection to 98%. According to the head of the community, the Council of Elders pays great attention to overcoming common problems. Young people in the community do not hurry to get married in connection with the housing problem. In this regard, the head of the regional administration has decided to help with the renovation of the house of every married young couple, this is a great help to the newly-created family.
Although the Tartar River flows near the village, the first problem in the community still remains the lack of drinking and irrigation water. Last year, with the support of the regional administration, the problem of drinking water was partially solved by bringing water from the nearby sources to the village.
At the end of our conversation we are trying to find out the secret of the longevity of Khnkavan village mayor. “If the head of the community regards himself as the only village official, there will be a lack of confidence and respect between him and the population, "-he says." We have been awarded the honor of leading our birthplace, and, in our turn, we should help our fellow villagers to develop their own homeland with a twofold response.