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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict(42 images)

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The territory of Nagorno-Karabakh lies in a mountainous region between the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Its status has been in dispute since the two countries fought a war over it in the early 1990s. While it is legally part of Azerbaijan, it is occupied by Armenia and considers itself an independent country. Despite declaring a ceasefire in 1994, hundreds of thousands of...
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  • A man with a catheter tube living in a camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh; Agdam region, Azerbaijan.
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  • Boys play with their pet pigeons in a camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, in the Agdam region of Azerbaijan.
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  • A recently-built camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, in the Agdam region of Azerbaijan.  The Azerbaijani government is using some of the revenue from new oil production to construct better housing for IDPs, but people still lack viable employment opportunities in the camps.
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  • Men in a camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh play dominoes to pass the time because they are unemployed.  The concentration of hundreds of families displaced from their homes, living far from any towns or cities, makes it difficult for most to find adequate employment.  Agdam region, Azerbaijan.
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  • Men hit a soccer ball in a camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh; Agdam region, Azerbaijan.
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  • Aga Agalarov, a soldier in the Azerbaijani army, has been missing since 1993, his fate unknown.  Here, his niece holds a picture of him at his family's house near Zardab, Azerbaijan.
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  • Parviz Shihaliyev, an Azerbaijani soldier, has been missing since 1993, when he was 19 years old.  His father, seen here, has been too depressed to get out of bed ever since.
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  • Doctors perform hemorrhoid surgery on a detainee at a facility for prisoners with tuberculosis located outside Baku, Azerbaijan.
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  • Nadirova Bilal was born and lived in Yerevan, Armenia, until she was 65 years old.  She is an Azerbaijani and fled when the war over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out, and now lives in a camp for refugees near Mingechevir, Azerbaijan.
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  • A woman with her cow in the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan.  Many IDPs and refugees used to live in cities but are forced to adopt a rural lifestyle to survive.
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  • A girl plays on a swing at the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan.
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  • An old woman stops for a rest in her home in the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan.
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  • Tofik Akhmedov serves a cup of tea at his home in the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, near Sheki, Azerbaijan.
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  • The water is turned on at a series of communal pumps for only 20 minutes each day in the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan.  Each day, women gather with jugs and buckets to collect the water they'll need for the next 24 hours.
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  • Rahime Akhmedov irons clothes, as seen through the window of her scrap-metal home in the Chalabixan camp for internally displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan.  Her children have used the outside wall as a chalkboard.
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  • Elmuraz Qasimov, a former soldier in the Azerbaijani army, is home with his family doing rehabilitation after losing his right foot to a landmine near Fizuli on May 21, 2006.
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  • A woman puts on her daughter's shoes in Nachichevanik, Nagorno-Karabakh.
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  • Aksenia Avanessian and her husband left Baku as refugees in 1988.  They went to Yerevan, then Stepanakert, and finally this abandoned flat in Shushi, which they were able to get for free from the government.
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  • Men grill meat outside a destroyed apartment block in preparation for Valter Mirzoyan's 50th birthday party in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh.
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  • A scene outside Saro Sarian's home in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh, which he claimed in 1998 because it was abandoned.  He has been slowly renovating it since.
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  • Two of Saro Sarian's children put ointment on a cut on their dog's head, outside the home they claimed in 1998 in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh.
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  • Saro Sarian's children dig potatoes in the garden of their home, which the family claimed in 1998 because it was abandoned.  They have been slowly renovating it since.
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  • A deminer with the Halo Trust puts on his protective facemask after a break from clearing the Mirushen 1A minefield in the Martuni region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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  • Deminers with the Halo Trust sweep the Chartar 5B minefield for anti-tank mines in the Martuni region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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  • A soldier's helmet remains more than a decade after fighting stopped on this battlefield in the Martuni region of Azerbaijan.  In the background, deminers with the Halo Trust work to clear the area of anti-tank mines and unexploded ordnance.
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