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Surviving the Winter

Donald E. Miller and Lorna Touryan Miller

in Armenia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234925.003.0005
Surviving the Winter

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After the long struggle of Armenians for independence, they finally achieved it, but what came along with independence was the struggle for food, medical assistance, and shelter. The unemployment rate was 80 percent in many districts, and people had long ago run out of savings because of hyperinflation, so most Armenians were dependent with different organizations for their food and other needs. Because of the crisis they were facing, many Armenians were begging in the streets, since they had no money to buy any food. Armenians were shocked to see people begging because this kind of practice was unheard of after independence, and they were pained to see elderly people who had worked all their lives then end up holding out their hands for some food or money. For many Armenians, the only way to make an adequate living was to work outside the country and send money home.

Keywords: Armenian; independence; food; money; winter; crisis

Chapter.  14300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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