The number of Armenians living in Zimbabwe does not exceed 30 people, including the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who had settled in this African country.
Levon Arevshatyan, former director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Zimbabwe, told the aforementioned to Armenian News-NEWS.am. He lives in Zimbabwe since 1998.
Arevshatyan informed that some Armenians in Zimbabwe already have this country’s citizenship, whereas others—right of temporary residence.
“Armenians are hard-working; they work [hard] here, too,” he added. “There are Armenians in the in the field of medicine (…). There also are Armenians engaged in business.”
Levon Arevshatyan noted that even though Armenians are small in number in Zimbabwe, they are connected to each other.
“There is no big [Armenian] community [in Zimbabwe] like in [neighboring] South Africa,” he said, in particular. “There are around 300 Armenians in South Africa.”
Levon Arevshatyan has worked in Africa for 20 years. Because of his profession, this Armenian epidemiologist has been to more than 30 African countries, and he assured that he has not seen a flourishing country like Zimbabwe in Africa.
“This country has a wonderful infrastructure (…), the weather conditions are wonderful, and the level of medicine was also very high at the time,” Arevshatyan concluded. “Ninety percent of Zimbabwe’s population is considered literate.”