Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope by Donald E. Miller

By Donald E. Miller

A notable view of ways geopolitics impacts usual humans, this e-book records, in phrases and photographs, the lives of Armenians within the final 20 years. in response to intimate interviews with 300 Armenians and that includes Jerry Berndt's brilliant photos, it brings jointly firsthand testimony concerning the social, financial, and religious conditions of Armenians through the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, whilst the rustic confronted an earthquake, pogroms, and battle. from time to time stunning and deeply emotional, Armenia: photos of Survival and desire is a narrative of maximum soreness and difficulty, a looking out examine the struggle for independence, and a very advanced portrait of the human spirit. A better half to the Millers' hugely acclaimed paintings Survivors: An Oral heritage of the Armenian Genocide, which documented the genocide of 1915, this ebook makes a speciality of 4 teams of individuals: survivors of the earthquakes that devastated northwestern Armenia in 1988; refugees from Azerbaijan who fled Baku and Sumgait as a result of pogroms opposed to them; girls, youngsters, and infantrymen who have been stricken by the struggle in Nagorno-Karabakh; and usual electorate who survived numerous winters with no warmth a result of blockade opposed to Armenia by way of Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates those debts contextually and thematically, however the voices of people stay paramount. The Millers additionally describe their own reviews in repeated study journeys, inviting us to appear past the headlines and imagine past the conditions of our personal lives as they bring about modern Armenia to lifestyles.

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And, of course, there were the losses experienced by children. A grandmother described an orphan girl who ran up to her one day and said, “You know what? I saw my mom! ” This woman said she felt so sorry for this little girl because she then said, “I saw my mom. ” Such fantasies were the direct result of uncompensated emotional loss. One Person’s Account Abstracting elements from interviewees’ stories is useful, but it fails to describe the day-by-day struggle to live and find meaning that marked the experience of survivors.

Another man from Yerevan described feeling paralyzed on the day he arrived in Spitak. “We couldn’t do anything on our first day there because we were in shock. The city was literally covered with corpses. I cannot describe the horror we felt. ” He said that his worst experience was searching for the bodies of children in a kindergarten. He also recalled a young boy who ran to him and wanted him to help unearth the body of his mother, who was dead. Indeed, all of the rescuers that we interviewed had memories they could not shake off.

One Person’s Account Abstracting elements from interviewees’ stories is useful, but it fails to describe the day-by-day struggle to live and find meaning that marked the experience of survivors. The following account of a woman from Gyumri portrays the pattern of life before the earthquake in contrast to what it was like afterward. You see, Armenouhy was home with me, and I was ironing. Then we had to go shopping, so she came with me. ” She kept saying no. Finally I convinced her, and she went home.

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