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About Astrig
Astrig Agopian is a freelance multimedia (video, text, radio, photography) journalist based between Paris and Yerevan.

Her work has been featured in dozens of news outlets including France Télévisions, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Euronews, Radio Télévision Suisse, The Guardian, Le Figaro, France 24 and many others. She has reported in France, the UK, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine, Lebanon, the US, Iceland, and travels a lot for assignments. 

CV and references available upon request. 

https://www.astrigagopian.com
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English French Armenian
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Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
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Politics Current Affairs War Reporter
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Armenians Flee Victorious Azerbaijani Troops In Nagorno-Karabakh

03 Jun 2024  |  www.everand.com
Armenians are fleeing the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh following a swift offensive by Azerbaijani troops. Over 19,000 ethnic Armenian refugees have left the region, with many expressing deep sorrow and uncertainty about their future.

‘This time the relocation is permanent’: The Armenian exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh

05 Oct 2023  |  The New Humanitarian
Over 100,000 ethnic Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh for Armenia following a 19 September offensive by Azerbaijani troops, which came after a nine-month blockade. The UN estimates as few as 50 to 1,000 ethnic Armenians remain in the region. Refugees, including children, are dependent on humanitarian aid and government assistance, with many concerned about permanent relocation. The Armenian Red Cross and NGOs like Hub Artsakh are providing emergency response and support. Refugees express distrust towards Azerbaijani officials and fear further conflict, while tensions remain high between Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan.

In Lviv, Ukrainian Culture Barricades Itself

01 Oct 2023  |  24 heures
The ongoing war led by Russia has not only resulted in numerous casualties but also threatens the historical and cultural heritage of Ukraine. Lviv, a city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is taking preemptive measures to protect its monuments from potential destruction. Despite the absence of direct bombings, daily sirens and visible preparations like sandbags and boarded-up windows remind residents of the looming threat.

Armenians flee victorious Azerbaijani troops in Nagorno-Karabakh

26 Sep 2023  |  The Christian Science Monitor
Armenians are fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh following a swift offensive by Azerbaijani troops, leading to a significant refugee crisis. The conflict, rooted in long-standing territorial disputes, has seen over 19,000 ethnic Armenians leave the region, fearing repression and violence despite Azerbaijan's assurances of reintegration. The situation is exacerbated by Russia's neglect of its cease-fire obligations and the international community's limited response. Peace negotiations are ongoing, but the future remains uncertain, with potential further hostilities in the South Caucasus region.

“Alive” Exhibition in Yerevan: French, Armenian Photographers Share Their Perspectives on Youth

20 Mar 2023  |  Hetq.am
The “Alive” exhibition, featuring the work of three French and two Armenian photographers, is on display at Yerevan’s Henrik Igityan National Aesthetics Center. The exhibition, part of a cultural exchange effort supported by the French Embassy in Armenia, includes a variety of themes such as the tension of danger and death, the physical expression of demonstrators in Iraq, the youth of Vanadzor, loneliness after loss, and life in the conflict-prone region of Karabakh. The event runs from March 23 until April 18 and is initiated by FETART in cooperation with the French Embassy and the annual French festival CIRCULATION (S).

20h15 Express – War in Ukraine: Soumy, the other front

06 Mar 2023  |  www.tf1.fr
While international attention is on Bakhmout, Ukraine, the front extends for hundreds of kilometers, including Soumy, which has endured over 250 Russian strikes in three days. The U.S. has spent millions aiding Ukraine's army, a support increasingly contested by pro-Trump advocates. Trump criticizes Biden, claiming he could end the war in a day and sees China as the main enemy, citing the shot-down Chinese balloons. The CPAC hosted its annual conservative meeting. French Labor Minister Olivier Dusspot's comment on pension reform being a 'left-wing reform' sparked outrage among NUPES and disbelief among Les Républicains and RN.

In Ukraine, the mobilization to repair the war's disfigured faces: the account of Le Figaro's special envoy

02 Jan 2023  |  Le Figaro
At the Anascoma clinic in Kiev, plastic surgeon Pavlo Denychtchouk has shifted from performing cosmetic surgeries to repairing the faces and bodies of soldiers and civilians injured by Russian attacks. Despite power outages, the clinic continues to operate with generators. Denychtchouk emphasizes the importance of aesthetic improvement for the psychological impact on victims, helping them to feel human again.

Between Yerevan and Baku, the chasm of war crimes

25 Nov 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
Videos of atrocities have become commonplace in the war for many Armenians. One widely shared video on Telegram shows Azerbaijani soldiers executing seven Armenian soldiers. Human Rights Watch states the video was filmed on September 13 near Lake Sev in Armenia, showing Azerbaijani forces executing Armenian prisoners of war, constituting a war crime. Since the mid-September Azerbaijani military offensive, which resulted in over 300 deaths on both sides, other videos have surfaced, including one showing the mutilated body of an Armenian army volunteer, Gayane Abgaryan, who was found naked among other corpses with a severed finger in her mouth while being mocked and struck by a voice speaking Azerbaijani.

Haut-Karabakh: in Stepanakert, a life on hold under the watchful eye of Russian 'blue helmets'

16 Oct 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
A thick fog envelops the new winding road connecting Goris in southern Armenia to Stepanakert, the capital of the de facto independent Republic of Haut-Karabakh. Since the Latchine corridor came under Baku's control in late August 2022, this Azerbaijani-built road is the only access for the 100,000 Armenians living in the enclave. The atmosphere is gloomy, with abandoned buildings and remnants of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which claimed over 6,000 lives. Russian tanks and flags are visible, and signs in Cyrillic proclaim the presence of Russian peacekeepers.

War in Ukraine: Refugee in Armenia, Vitali does not want to 'die in Ukraine'

27 Sep 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
The article discusses the influx of young Russian men arriving in Armenia to avoid being mobilized for the war in Ukraine. It highlights personal stories, such as that of Ivan, who fled immediately after President Putin's announcement of mobilization, and Vitali, who refuses to return to Russia until the war ends. The narrative underscores the anti-war sentiment among these individuals and their fear of being forced to participate in the conflict.

Besieged city - In Mariupol, a humanitarian drama behind closed doors

21 Mar 2022  |  Tribune de Genève
As Ukraine rejects Russia's ultimatum demanding the surrender of Mariupol, the last two journalists on the ground have been evacuated, leaving the city shrouded in silence. A resident of Mariupol, Nadejda Soukhoroukova, expressed on Facebook her fear of imminent death amidst the constant anticipation of it in the city.

Siege of Mariupol – 'If you don't die from the bombs, you die of hunger'

17 Mar 2022  |  www.24heures.ch
Oleg Merachnichenko, a 55-year-old former police officer, has managed to leave Mariupol and reach Zaporizhia with his family, enduring over two days of constant bombardment. The situation for civilians trapped in the city is dire, with the aftermath of the theater bombing still uncertain.

Anguish of search for Armenia’s war dead

22 Jun 2021  |  www.theguardian.com
More than eight months after the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, many Armenian soldiers remain missing, causing anguish among families searching for their loved ones. Issues with DNA testing have led to mistrust and pressure on the government. Families like Larissa Dureyan's continue to search for their missing relatives, while others, such as Narine Gasparyan, have faced the pain of misidentified remains. Forensic experts are overwhelmed with the volume of cases and the condition of the remains, some of which are severely burned, possibly due to the use of white phosphorus. The Red Cross has advised waiting to identify multiple bones before returning remains to families, but this is challenging due to the urgency and pressure from grieving relatives. Some families seek second opinions from private companies or labs abroad, adding to the complexity of the situation.

Anguish of search for Armenia’s war dead

22 Jun 2021  |  theguardian.com
More than eight months after the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, many Armenian soldiers remain missing, causing anguish among families searching for their loved ones. Issues with DNA testing have led to mistrust and pressure on the government. Families like Larissa Dureyan's continue to search for their missing relatives, while others, such as Narine Gasparyan, have faced the pain of misidentified remains. Forensic experts are overwhelmed with the volume of cases and the condition of the remains, some of which are severely burned, possibly due to the use of white phosphorus. The Red Cross has advised waiting to identify multiple bones before returning remains to families, but this is challenging due to the urgency and pressure from grieving relatives. Some families seek second opinions from private companies or labs abroad, adding to the complexity of the situation.

Healing from Collective Trauma: Mental Health Challenges in Post-War Armenia

27 Feb 2021  |  hetq.am
The recent war in Karabakh has left soldiers and civilians with deep psychological scars, challenging the local mental health professionals who lacked war-related experience. Santé Arménie, a collective of health experts from France and Armenia, mobilized to provide support. The Armenian mental health sector, already fragile, was unprepared for the conflict's aftermath. Despite the government's request for assistance, financial backing for treatments remains absent. New therapies like EMDR are being introduced, and there's a push to improve the health system long-term. The diaspora has played a significant role in offering help, reflecting a newfound unity and commitment. The war's mental health consequences are profound, with PTSD and severe depression prevalent among those affected. The need for interdisciplinary approaches and a better quality of life for recovery is emphasized.

After cartel kidnapping, Mexican journalist fled to U.S.

01 Feb 2018  |  indexoncensorship.org
In July 2010, Mexican television cameraman Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco and a colleague were kidnapped by the Sinaloa cartel, who mistook them for rival Zetas cartel members. After being beaten and threatened, they were released when the cartel realized killing journalists would be detrimental to them. Hernandez, who worked for Televisa in Torreón, Mexico, fled to the U.S. and was granted asylum in 2011. He now resides in Colorado with his family and works as a cameraman. The incident highlights the extreme dangers journalists face in regions controlled by drug cartels.
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