An­other Ar­me­nian ser­vice­man com­mits sui­cide

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

For many men in Ar­me­nia the con­trac­tual mil­i­tary ser­vice has be­come one of the rare op­por­tu­ni­ties to some­how earn a liv­ing.

The rea­son is that Ar­me­nia, a coun­try with the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rate in the CIS area, can­not pro­vide its cit­i­zens with enough jobs. On the other hand, those who have a job re­ceive low salaries that are not enough to feed a family. There­fore, many Ar­me­nian men pre­fer work­ing in the mil­i­tary rather than liv­ing in poverty.

How­ever, con­trac­tual mil­i­tary ser­vice does not save them from all so­cial prob­lems and debts. Re­cently, Ar­me­nian me­dia re­ported about an­other sui­cide in the Ar­me­nian army, a dead body of con­tract ser­vice­man Me­lik Khacha­tryan was found on June 1 at the ware­house of a mil­i­tary unit.

Haykakan Zhamanak news­pa­per states that the ser­vice­man wrote a sui­ci­dal let­ter for his family. The let­ter reads that Khacha­tryan had debts of sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars, which he could not pay off.

Now the de­ceased Khacha­tryan’s family, his wife and 10-yearold child are left with­out their bread­win­ner.

This tragedy once again demon­strates the depth of the cri­sis in which Ar­me­nia is. If a ser­vice­man of an elite mil­i­tary unit com­mits sui­cide, then the sit­u­a­tion of ma­jor­ity of Ar­me­nian cit­i­zens is much more dole­ful.

Ev­ery now and then Ar­me­nian me­dia re­ports about new sui­cide cases. The poverty paired with un­em­ploy­ment and other so­cio-eco­nomic prob­lems in the coun­try force Ar­me­ni­ans to com­mit sui­cides.

The of­fi­cial statis­tics show that about a third of Ar­me­nian pop­u­la­tion live in poverty. Due to the fail­ure of the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment to tackle the coun­try’s prob­lems, this fig­ure is in­creas­ing ev­ery year, both in ci­ties and vil­lages of Ar­me­nia.

As for un­em­ploy­ment, the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion pre­dicts that in a cou­ple of years the un­em­ploy­ment rate in Ar­me­nia will ex­ceed 20 per­cent. To­day this fig­ure equals to 18 per­cent.

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