Sose Mayrig, Heroes of Armenia

The wife of famous haiduk leader Aghbiur Serob. She was surnamed “mayrig” (mother) by Serop’s haiduks for her bravery and maternal concern for Armenian youth.

She participated in many fedayee battles. In 1898, after the battle of Babshen, Sose and Aghbyur Serop fled to Sassoun.

In 1899, along with her son, Serop, and his brothers, she participated in the battle against Kurdish brigands: Serop, their sons, and Serop’s brothers were killed while Sose Mayrig was wounded.

After the Sasun uprising in 1904, she moved to Van and then to the Caucasus. Another son of Sose Mayrig and Serop was killed during the massacre in Erzerum.

From 1920, Sose Mayrig lived in Constantinople, then in Alexandria (Egypt), Beirut Lebanon (next to the street of Jemaran. (We used to see her sometimes.) She died in 1953. Her remains were later moved to the Yerablur military cemetery in Yerevan.

Thank you Tatul Sonentz!

Hrayr Toukhanian

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