By Donald E. Miller
A amazing view of ways geopolitics impacts traditional humans, this booklet records, in phrases and photographs, the lives of Armenians within the final 20 years. in line with intimate interviews with 300 Armenians and that includes Jerry Berndt's terrific photos, it brings jointly firsthand testimony in regards to the social, fiscal, and religious situations of Armenians throughout the Eighties and Nineties, whilst the rustic confronted an earthquake, pogroms, and warfare. from time to time stunning and deeply emotional, Armenia: images of Survival and wish is a narrative of utmost soreness and complication, a looking examine the struggle for independence, and a really complicated portrait of the human spirit. A better half to the Millers' hugely acclaimed paintings Survivors: An Oral heritage 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 as a result of pogroms opposed to them; ladies, childrens, and squaddies who have been stricken by the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh; and usual voters who survived numerous winters with no warmth as a result of blockade opposed to Armenia by means of Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates those debts contextually and thematically, however the voices of people stay paramount. The Millers additionally describe their own reviews in repeated learn journeys, inviting us to seem past the headlines and imagine past the conditions of our personal lives as they convey modern Armenia to existence.
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This guy looting a dead woman and pretending she is his wife. ” This same person reported equally disturbing events: “Other cases happened where people buried women who had jewelry before their loved ones arrived to identify them. When the loved ones came, they couldn’t ﬁnd them; they had already been buried. ” Such reactions were deviant, however. More prevalent in our interviews was the emphasis on people’s grief, felt at the time of the earthquake and afterward. A mother reportedly died on the spot, perhaps from heart failure, when rescuers excavating a location found one of her children alive and the other one dead.
Indeed, all of the rescuers that we interviewed had memories they could not shake off. One of the most touching recollections was that of a young father who had gone to Spitak from Yerevan to help with the rescue effort. He said that he got somewhat lost walking back to sleep for the night, in part because familiar landmarks were no longer there. It was quite dark, and in the dark I saw a little candlelight. I approached to see what was going on. I saw this boy beside a stick with a picture of a dead person.
A woman said that the trafﬁc was so bad along the route to the earthquake area that she waited a few days before going. But the scenes she encountered once there left her shaken. “People were glad just to ﬁnd body parts of their loved ones. ” She said that these scenes affected her. “I had such awful, strong headaches. 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.