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I’d Rather Eat Dry Bread with My Children Than Send Them to An Orphanage

[June 4, 2007]

Twenty-nine-year-old Zhenya is the mother of six young children. Three of them—Arayik , Arman and Armine—are in school; the others—Mariam, Edgar and Erik—are still too young. Zhenya's husband, Samvel Ordubekyan, is in prison for a crime she says he did not commit. Zhenya lives with her children in a rented apartment on 8th Street in Nor Halberd. She does not have a job, and pays the rent out of her children's government allowances.



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