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As challenging as living conditions may be for children in Armenia’s 10 state-run orphanages, the difficulties only seem to multiply when they turn 18 years old and must fend for themselves.
When 22-year-old manual laborer Arthur Tsarukian, a former orphanage resident, died from acute pneumonia earlier this year, many Armenians condemned the government for supposed indifference to the estimated 30-35 young people who succumb to easily treatable diseases each year.
Lacking proper housing, Tsarukian, who left central Armenia’s Gavar orphanage in 2008, had been renting a small, damp and cold basement area in a Yerevan suburb, and could not afford treatment for his condition. By law, he was entitled to occupy a state-purchased, one-room apartment. He did not receive it in time.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.