“Temporary” for 23 Years: “Domik” life in Gyumri

“Temporary” for 23 Years: “Domik” life in Gyumri

Twenty-three years after the December 7, 1988 earthquake thousands of people in northern areas of the country still must live in “domiks” (Russian for “small houses”). More than 100 families live in one such district not far from Gyumri’s coach station. Today the domiks district demography has considerably changed as besides earthquake survivors the district has also become a refuge for many socially vulnerable families, some of whom even rent these makeshift lodgings.


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