It was the 7th of December 1988 when the earthquake shoot Armenia . Gyumri and the other countries of region Shirak turned into ruins . It took 25 thousand lives . 27 years had already past but people who suffered from the disaster still live in lodges and still unemployed .
I am Levon manukyan and I am a photographer . I decided to visit Gyumri and some villages near it to see the victims of that disaster . The way was long . The train was full of people who were going home from the capital . Some of them went for shopping and some guested at their relatives .
On the way I have been in the villages Shirakavan and Bayandur but as this villages are on the border with Turkey I couldn’t manage to take a lot of photos . Although this villages are uninhabited as after disaster There are nowhere to work and people have to go abroad to work and earn money in order to survive .
The population of Gyumri reduced in 10 times consisting is about 30.000 people .
“Dog eaters building” . In this way was called the building . The photo in which is destroyed building after the earthquake it was inhabited with robbers who were eating dos as ther were nothing to eat. I was told about all by the painter who lived near the building in the lodge . He came from the poland before the earthquake and couldn`t return back as the Sovet Union didn`t let him . In the end of my trip I had been in Arapi village near Gyumri . I visited large family consisting of 8 members . They all are victims of the earthquake .