Zod is Dying in Silence
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Though this small town called Zod is amid 2 huge factories, all the locals are choking on the dusty air and have devastating health problems.


Zod was constructed in 1970, for the workers of the gold factory. The cyanide from the factory and the dust from the cement factory, has poisoned the locals beyond retrieve; lung issues are common in all ages.
In this place, there was once a pool for the kids. It was closed due to the lack of water.
In the houses, one can always smell rotten water.
A new school was being built here until they run out of money. The ghost building is still here.
Will the younger generation stay in Zod?
Children here have really nothing to do; there is neither a playground nor a cultural house or even a library.
Children play wherever is possible; there is no playground in the town.
Life here goes slowly.
The roads in the town are in very poor conditions. The storage is in the ground-floor, and because of problems with sewage, there is putrid water under the buildings.
Children are used to the stench of the putrid water in the building entrances.
The elder generation is unemployed.
Grisha was a part of the volunteer brigade from Zod. He was wounded during the battle near the village Talish in 1994.
A cross-stone in the memory of those volunteers from Zod, who died in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Zod is a small town next to Ararat city, built in 1970 for employees of the Gold processing factory. According to the stories of locals, the town was originally full of life, where people earned well, and the town was beautiful and green. What has changed? After all, the gold factory still works, and in the 90’s a cement factory worked, and also a large military unit was constructed next to it. Moreover, there is a stone factory.

But despite all this, the village now has many problems, and is half empty; people are unemployed, roads are in very poor condition, the buildings do not have a working sewage system and their basements are full of putrid water.

More importantly, Zod is one of the three most environmentally heavily polluted cities of Armenia. The cyanide of the gold factory and the dust of the cement plant have irrevocably poisoned the health of residents.

No one sees these problems.

Chai Khana
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