Increasing Emigration From Borderline Village

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The emigration from Barekamavan–the most remote village in the Tavush region bordering Azerbaijan continues. Tavush officials told reporters that the village is in desperate need of drinkable water and water for irrigation.

However–the main reason for emigration is that the villagers feel that their lives and their property are in danger; for example much of their cattle has been stolen and the thieves are traced back to neighboring Azerbaijan.

Astghik Azatian–the principal of the local school–said that there will only be 7 entering students this year.

Young parents are leaving the village–taking their children with them–and she fears there will be no entering students the following school year.

Governor Armen Ghularian disagreed with Azatian’s speech. After the meeting during which she made the speech the school’s headmistress said she would work for another year and then she too would leave Barekamavan.

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