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ArmeniaPortraits of Survival and Hope$
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Donald Miller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234925

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234925.001.0001

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Surviving the Winter

Surviving the Winter

Paying the Price for Independence

Chapter:
(p.96) (p.97) 4 Surviving the Winter
Source:
Armenia
Author(s):

Donald E. Miller

Lorna Touryan Miller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234925.003.0005

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

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