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Maraga: Life after death2012-04-19 12:37
20 years ago, many Armenian families were forced to flee from the village of Maraga, which was attacked by the Azerbaijani armed forces several times. Now, former residents of Maraga, just like many other refugees, are living in the village of New Maraga. One cannot call their way of life well equipped, but they have long been accustomed to cope on their own.
Laura Vanian, a resident of the village of Nor Maraga: "Residents of Maraga, who have left their homes to the Azerbaijanis, live here. And these houses were also destroyed by Azeris. People from Armenia, from various villages of Karabakh, came here. My daughter lives here. Her family has made the roof by themselves. They have no opportunity to build a house - you know that it is very difficult. They have finished it as they could, and live there".
Many residents of the village of New Maraga have no permanent job; they are forced to keep going with volatile earnings. That's why the prospect of solving the housing problem for them - this is the business of the future.
Laura Vanian: "We all have heard on television that the government has launched a program of mortgage lending. The say, get a mortgage and build the house. There are people who can take it, and there are people who cannot do this. Mortgage is not provided to all, do not forget. You need job for mortgage. If you do not work - you can't take a credit. They also check to see if they can give a credit to someone or not. "
Kitchen garden helps Laura's family, as well as many other residents of New Maraga.
Laura Vanian: "We have plowed and prepared vegetable patches to plant a watermelon, melon, cucumber, tomatoes - we plant everything we have. We live here together: me, my husband, my daughter and three grandchildren. Another second daughter comes to visit us with her children. And anyway, my door is always open to visitors. I love receiving guests - after all, I'm the Armenian woman. If you understand nothing in the ground, it is difficult to live. But it was difficult in the beginning; now I know about ground more than any village resident. In the beginning, when we came here, we kept horses, a donkey and pigs. Now, due to the illness of my husband, we do not keep cattle ".
Laura Vanian and her family have heard about a list of all the villagers who need better housing conditions and according to which they can get new homes. But these rumors have not materialized into reality. However, Laura Vanian is not going to complain and go to the officials. In the end, she has seen much more terrible things in her life.