Current History Volume 15, No. 2

Current History Volume 15, No. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...and boat down the Tigris. By Sept. 7 the last party had arrived at Nahr-Umar and a new camp was constructed on lines similar to the one at Bakubah. In October, 1920, it was decided that it would be possible to repatriate the Armenians, but just as ships were on the verge of being chartered for this purpose news arrived of the collapse of the Armenian Republic in the Caucasus in front of the combined Turkish and Bolshevist assault. Repatriation, therefore, had again to be postponed. It has now been finally decided to repatriate them to the new Soviet Armenian Republic, which has expressed its willingness to receive them. At the moment of writing (December, 1921)' the refugees are once more leaving Mesopotamia, the first boatload of 3,000 being already en route to Batum. During this long period of three years the bulk of the refugees remained unemployed, owing at first to the desire of the Government to send them home and not to settle them permanently in Mesopotamia. and later on on account of the difficulty of finding work for them. Nearly all the skilled men, however, such as carpenters, masons, &c., have been provided with work under different Government departments. Work of a temporary nature was found at different periods for some of the unskilled, who were employed at various times on the construction of a railway embankment, a wireless station and railway bridge near Bakubah camp, roads near Mosul and Bagdad and, finally, as platelayers and casual laborers under the Railway Direc torate. The cost of maintenance of the refugees in Mesopotamia has been borne directly by the British taxpayer. Nearly all the money has come through the War Office, though lately the Colonial Office has taken charge of the refugees. The total amount of...
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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872223
  • 9781236872227