By Donald E. Miller
A awesome view of the way geopolitics impacts usual humans, this booklet files, in phrases and images, the lives of Armenians within the final 20 years. according to intimate interviews with 300 Armenians and that includes Jerry Berndt's terrific images, it brings jointly firsthand testimony in regards to the social, monetary, and non secular situations of Armenians in the course of the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, whilst the rustic confronted an earthquake, pogroms, and warfare. now and then stunning and deeply emotional, Armenia: snap shots of Survival and desire is a narrative of utmost affliction and hassle, a looking examine the struggle for independence, and a really advanced portrait of the human spirit. A spouse to the Millers' hugely acclaimed paintings Survivors: An Oral background of the Armenian Genocide, which documented the genocide of 1915, this e-book 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 plagued by the struggle in Nagorno-Karabakh; and traditional electorate who survived a number of winters with no warmth due to the blockade opposed to Armenia via Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates those bills contextually and thematically, however the voices of people stay paramount. The Millers additionally describe their own stories in repeated study journeys, inviting us to seem past the headlines and imagine past the conditions of our personal lives as they create modern Armenia to existence.
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Spontaneously our research team, all graduate students in their middle to late twenties, began to dance. Even Shont was dragged to his feet by one of the women. And then all eyes turned to Tavit. In the corner of the room he was dancing, his tall, lanky frame lithely revealing something we had not known: before the earthquake Tavit had been a dance instructor. As we left the restaurant sometime after midnight, one of the waiters whispered to us that this was the ﬁrst time he had seen Tavit dance in ﬁve years, since his wife had died in the earthquake, leaving him with two small children to raise.
M. From a political standpoint, perhaps it is not surprising that the Soviet military was rather passive in its response to the earthquake. However, it is a sad commentary on human nature that politics gets in the way of humanitarian responses. Obviously, the biblical story of the Good Samaritan seems to be more often taken to heart by individuals than by national leaders. Nevertheless, the outpouring of support from around the world—although notably not from Armenia’s closest neigh- 35 The 1988 Earthquake bors, Turkey and Azerbaijan—was incredible, motivated, in part, by awareness of the failure of the worldwide community to prevent the slaughter of over a million Armenians in 1915.
He also told of uncovering a man who was not injured, and immediately this man started working with the team to unearth more people. He evidently had family members or fellow workers who were still under the rubble. The Political Context The earthquake should not be understood as an isolated event. It occurred during Armenia’s struggle for independence and Nagorno-Karabakh’s quest for liberation. Before the earthquake, Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan had settled in Spitak, Gyumri, and Vanadzor, and in adjacent areas.
Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope by Donald E. Miller