On 7 December 1988, a massive earthquake hit Armenia. More than 25 thousand people died, 58 settlements were destroyed, 514,000 people remained homeless. Many homes in the village of Ashotsk which today has a population of 3,000, also collapsed. Wooden houses with four apartments were built as a temporary solution for families in need.
The Armenian leadership promised them safe stone houses within a short time. This has not happened during the last 34 years. In the settlement also known as Armenian Siberia the climate is not conducive to wooden buildings. Extreme weather destroys the houses. The families living there cannot afford to buy a new home.
Every year, politicians make promises, but no real change is made to the collapsing settlement.