Abandoning A Sinking Country

Armenia's nine years of independence from the Soviet Union and its long enmity with neighboring Azerbaijan have not been kind to Sonya Toumanyan. She was already a widow when one of her four sons died after the Azeris bombed the southern city of Kapan, where Toumanyan lives, in 1992. Another decamped for Russia that same year, and her two remaining sons have since joined him.

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