By Donald E. Miller
A amazing view of ways geopolitics impacts usual humans, this booklet files, in phrases and photographs, the lives of Armenians within the final 20 years. according to intimate interviews with 300 Armenians and that includes Jerry Berndt's incredible photos, it brings jointly firsthand testimony in regards to the social, monetary, and religious conditions of Armenians in the course of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, while the rustic confronted an earthquake, pogroms, and warfare. every now and then stunning and deeply emotional, Armenia: pictures of Survival and wish is a narrative of maximum pain and difficulty, a looking out examine the struggle for independence, and an incredibly advanced portrait of the human spirit. A better half to the Millers' hugely acclaimed paintings Survivors: An Oral historical past of the Armenian Genocide, which documented the genocide of 1915, this ebook specializes in 4 teams of individuals: survivors of the earthquakes that devastated northwestern Armenia in 1988; refugees from Azerbaijan who fled Baku and Sumgait due to pogroms opposed to them; ladies, childrens, and squaddies who have been laid low with the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh; and traditional voters who survived numerous winters with out warmth as a result blockade opposed to Armenia through Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates those money owed contextually and thematically, however the voices of people stay paramount. The Millers additionally describe their own stories in repeated learn journeys, inviting us to seem past the headlines and imagine past the conditions of our personal lives as they bring about modern Armenia to lifestyles.
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44 Random Violence Grandparents and child in Yerevan. Refugees from Azerbaijan. We interviewed an Armenian from Baku who went to Sumgait shortly after the massacre to help evacuate his friends, and he reported the following sight: “When we arrived, what had happened was impossible to believe. There were dead bodies on the ﬂoor; some were burned alive, some had their chests pierced with a crowbar, some had their ears or heads cut off. ” Other accounts of brutality veriﬁed this testimony. ” This survivor also knew of a girl who had been gang-raped in front of her parents.
My blood pressure shot straight up, and I couldn’t return right away. It affected me something terrible. I remember that for a whole month I wasn’t myself. ” She kept struggling with two scenes in particular: “There was this ﬁfty-year-old lady crying. The cemetery was just full. ” One woman’s brother had gone to help quake victims, and when he returned he could not even speak about what he had seen. “He came back totally in shock. We asked him to tell us what had happened or what he had seen, but he couldn’t talk.
I applied to the church, myself. That’s the only place I applied for help. But when I returned [to get the aid], I felt so bad. I thought, “No, I don’t need their help. Let them help other people in worse conditions. ” I would rather do it with my own hard work, rather than ask for alms. There was also a sentiment among survivors of the earthquake that, while they needed immediate assistance, direct aid was a short-term solution. One man said, quite speciﬁcally, “I don’t want handouts. We need aid in the form of work, where we can work and provide for our fami- 31 The 1988 Earthquake Consequences of the earthquake and economic collapse in Spitak—nothing to do and nowhere to go.