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Friday, 17 October 2008

'Collective wedding' in Karabakh: 687 couples, or around 1% of the total population, got married yesterday

687 couples got married yesterday in Karabakh in a ceremony sponsored by bussinessman of Karabakh origin Levon Hayrapetyan. This constiutes around 1% of the total population. WOW! :)

I wonder, did they get married because they actually love each other and wanted to get married, or because of financial incentives promised by the businessman? Anyway, certainly a potential boost to the demography of Karabakh.

*source of photo and numbers: Karabakh-News.com, News.ru and IA Regnum

7 comments:

emma said...

Breeding on orders from above/Levon Hayrapetian.
I hope I don't sound too cynical or indecent.

Ani said...

Probably he got the idea from the UAE, which has been doing mass weddings for Emiratis lately:

http://archive.gulfnews.com/nation/Society/10231953.html

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spm said...

Emma, it sounds animalistic. But if Armenians liberate/occupy territories they also must be able to re-settle them. Diaspora continuously demands lands from Turkey without a slightest desire to move and live on these lands. Helping 700 couples to jump start families in Kharabakh is one of the rare real contributions of Diaspora. Much better than giving millions to RK. Now I am sure there will be at least 1000 more people to vote in referendum 16 years from now.

Anonymous said...

///now I am sure there will be at least 1000 more people to vote in referendum 16 years from now.///

+1

Maui Weddings said...

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artmika said...

Reproducing Problems: Maternity concerns revealed after the “Big Karabakh wedding”
(ArmeniaNow)

When about 700 weddings were held on the same day last October in Karabakh amid fanfare and payoffs, the implication was that, by now, the population would be on its way to increasing by an equal amount.

It turns out, however, that the “October pregnancies” has revealed health problems in NKR – especially for women who – now childbearing age – were themselves born during the war (1991-94) or were infant/toddlers during the awful years of brutal conflict.

Medical specialists treating the young women say that those troubled childhoods – living in basements, malnutrition, stress – are now being revisited in cases of troubled pregnancies. More...