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Podcast-Sendung: Armenia: Return to a Town that Died
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Thirty years on from the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, what?s happened to the devastated town of Spitak? Rescuers from all over the world came to help search for survivors ? among them a team of British firefighters. Now, with reporter Tim Whewell, two of those men are returning - to see how the town?s been rebuilt - and to remember a rescue effort that marked a turning point in East-West relations. The disaster came as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was developing his policy of glasnost (openness) ? and his request for foreign assistance was the first such appeal the Kremlin had made in decades. The firefighters relive the drama, grief and courage of those days ? and renew old friendships. They discover that Spitak has still not fully recovered from the quake, with many living to this day in squalid temporary housing. Reporter Tim Whewell. (Image: Reginald Berry and Paul Burns ? two retired UK firefighters ? revisit Armenia, 30 years after taking part in rescue and recovery efforts after the 1988 earthquake. Credit: BBC/Hakob Hovhannisyan)