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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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“We Live with Hope”

“We Live with Hope”

Reflections on Conditions in Armenia

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Donald E. Miller

Lorna Touryan Miller

University of California Press

This chapter discusses reflections of Armenians on their independence and other conditions Armenia was facing, such as lack of electricity resulting in unemployment; most businesses and factories needed electricity to operate. This unemployment created by the lack of electricity was the main reason why many Armenians were migrating to other countries. Although leaving Armenia was unthinkable for them, since it would be like killing a part of themselves, they have no choice but to leave to survive. Armenia was not ready or it was too early for its independence, because economically they were not prepared for such a step. Although some Armenians said that what was happening to their country was nothing more than a repetition of the genocide they had experienced previously, the people of Armenia still expressed a deep love for their land.

Keywords:   Armenia, electricity, unemployment, genocide, independence

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