mv83 has posted an eyewitness report of a survivor. This kind of stories do not appear in the press very often (even in the Armenian language papers) so I thought it would be helpful to translate it.
"The best years of my life were the ones in Sumgait. I lived in a five story building. Until now I remember our apartment [mentions the address]. I was a nurse in a hospital and had very good friends. When the Karabakh movement started [a couple of weeks ago] they started surveying the Armenians. On their way home, they were often detained and taken away.
On the day of the massacre I was at home and my daughter Naira was at work. I wanted to go and get her but my neighbors did not let me. Instead, they went themselves and got her. One of the neighbors, Mahmed, God bless him, came in and took a bottle full of gasoline out of his pocket. "If they come after you", he said, "I will light this up and throw at them so do not be afraid". They came after us that evening - we had noticed that they were asking the neighbors about the Armenian family that lived in the building. Our neighbors told them that there were no Armenians there and that the Armenians had moved.", remembers Mrs. Jenya.
"I was a 10-12 year old kid. I was alone in my room and was watching soccer on TV. There was a small exit door leading to the balcony. I looked out, there was a fire in our yard. There was a car tire burning and a large crowd of people around it. Then I saw them drag a 20-25 year old Armenian woman. They had already dragged her around the town and she had no clothes. They put her on the fire and burned her. I was terrified and stood in shock without understanding what was going on.", tells Jenya's grandson.
"The kid was hidden rolled up in a rug.", interrupts Jenya, "They killed a lot of Armenians that day. Soon after my brother and sister's son came from Karabakh and took us away from Sumgait. I still wonder how they managed to get to Sumgait. The cars belongign to Armenians were being pelted with stones in Aghdam and passengers taken hostage. It was far more dangerous in Sumgait. A lot of Armenians ere killed that day."