On December 7, 1988, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Armenia, then part of the Soviet Union.
The catastrophe killed some 31,000 people, injured 130,000, and left many more homeless. The town of Gyumri, then known as Leninakan, was the hardest hit, and has yet to recover. Thousands of people moved away, but others who lost their homes lacked the resources to leave, and were forced to find makeshift housing.
At that time I was a lieutenant in the French army part of the Civil Security squad from Brignoles. I have been part of the rescue team for 10 days in Leninakan giving me the opportunity to create this photographic testimony.
For the 30th anniversary of the earthquake in December 2018 I'm planning to complement this portfolio by visiting Gyumri city and meeting again Armenian friends that I have met at that time.