Armenia, Faces of Poverty

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Armenia, Faces of Poverty

Grigor, 29, rummages through a garbage dump in search of metals, plastics and glass to sell and shoes to burn for fuel. Grigor lives with his wife, three young children, and mother in a shack within walking distance from the garbage dump. He is usually at the dump by 6am, when the trucks arrive with fresh garbage, and stays until 5pm. On good days, Grigor is able to sell what he finds at the dump for three to five dollars, which he uses to buy food for his family. Grigor lives on the outskirts of Etchmiadzin, which is the fourth largest city in Armenia and is located 20 km west of Armenia’s capital Yerevan and is home to is the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church – the spiritual center of the country. Sara Anjargolian/The Stand