Armenia, Faces of Poverty

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Armenia, Faces of Poverty

Ruzana Sarkisian and her four children have lived in this tin shack since 1992. For 12 years, they had no electricity. One night, Ruzana got in bed in the darkness and did not see that a scorpion had crawled underneath the covers. She was bitten by the scorpion and incapacitated for over a month. The nearest water source to the Sakisian’s shack is a one-hour roundtrip walk – a trip the four Sarkisian children take turns making every day to carry water home. The family scavenges in the local garbage dump to collect plastics, metals and glass to sell for food money. The Sarkisians do not have a toilet, they have been using the open fields around the shack as their toilet since 1992. Nubarashen neighborhood, Yerevan. Sara Anjargolian/The Stand