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Struggle is a Routine

Gyumri is the second largest city of Armenia. At the end of 1988, the city was a prominent industrial complex of the Soviet Union. At the peak of its productivity, there were 54 industrial centers, including: textile factory, factory of electromagnetic wires, factory of analytical machines and tools, bike factory and many others. All those centers provided job for 48 000 workers.

On December 7, 1988 at 11:41 everything changed in a dozen seconds. As a result of the earthquake with magnitude 6.8, more than 25,000 people lost their lives and half a million roof over their heads. There are rubbles left of industrial, cultural and educational centers.

Right after the earthquake help from all over the world began to flow into the city. Metal containers that transported gifts to disaster areas were used as temporary shelters. To this day, they serve as regular houses.

Although more than 30 years have passed since the tragedy, its consequences are visible throughout the city. People still live in metal containers with no access to running water. The young generation, born years after the tragedy, is its victim. Struggle became a routine.

Before tragedy city were inhabited by 230 000 people, currently half of this number live there.

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