Hunan Navoyan, a pateint of the Vardenis mental hospital, is grazing a flock of hospital sheep in hills of Nerkin Shorzha.
Hunan was diagnozed with schizophrenia. He speaks inadibly in response to most of our questions. Nevertheless, he is aware that nobody asked his opinion when entrusting that job to him. «All of us are forced to do such work, no one wants to do it».
It is 6 pm. Hunan says that he had a meal early in the morning. The cattle of the hospital director have been entrusted to the care of Mushegh Bagoyan, another patient who has epilepsy.
Mushegh had told the director that he was unwilling to tend cattle, but nobody considered his opinion. In the words of the mentally ill old man, the staff of the mental hospital often treats cruelly those patients who make such complaints.
«They even beat us.They break all teeth in the mouth», he said during a talk with «Hetq».
Mushegh has not eaten anything since morning. He is going to have a snack in the evening. At the end of the conversation, Mushegh implores the interlocutors to put in a word for him so that he will no longer graze sheep. By the way, the mental hospital director denied the fact that patients are forced to tend cattle. He said that their patients just go out for a walk.
«It is a kind of medical therapy,» Nver Hovhannisyan said. «Hetq»