The father land
by John Dugdale, Alex Clark and Sarah Dempster

Times (London)
May 16, 2004, Sunday

Rooted (Five, 12noon)

Zabel flies with her Armenian-born father to his native country,
first sightseeing in the capital, Yerevan, and then staying with
a family in a mountain village. She enjoys dancing at a welcoming
supper and making bread, but, as she learns about Armenian culture at
a Sunday school in London, there are few surprises. What does leave a
more powerful impression is the contrast between her own middle-class
comfort and the poverty she witnesses.

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