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Nagorno-Karabakh 2006(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 deminer for the Halo Trust relaxes after a meal at a guesthouse for Halo deminers in the Martuni region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Senorik Tsateryan was shot in the hand by an Azerbaijani soldier while patrolling the line of contact in 1997, in violation of the ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  In 2002, he was mostly blinded when he stepped on a landmine in the Fizuli region.
  • A man renovates a house in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.  The region saw heavy fighting during the war and was claimed by both sides at various points.   Now, more than a decade later, some people are finally able to rebuild.
  • Soldiers in the Nagorno-Karabakh army perform at an Independence Day flower-laying ceremony in honor of soldiers killed in the Karabakh war.
  • Marlen Shakhnazaryan lived in Stepanakert during the war, but was forced to leave when a bomb fell on his house in 1994, injuring his daughter and granddaughter.  A history teacher for 57 years, he now scrapes by living on a small farm in Khojali.
  • Lina Nersesyan in her house in the village of Sktaturashen, Nagorno-Karabakh.  Before the war 70 families lived here; Sktaturashen was heavily bombed and now, she and her husband are the only ones who haven't left.
  • 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.
  • An oil field outside Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005.
  • Boys play soccer on a field at the Chalabixan settlement for people displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh, located near Sheki, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005.
  • A man sits in his home at the Chalabixan settlement for people displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh near Sheki, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005.
  • At a rally in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005.
  • A deminer with the Halo Trust takes a break from clearing the Mirushen 1A minefield on August 29, 2006 in the Martuni region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Photos of missing soldiers from the war over Nagorno-Karabakh are displayed in a museum on August 31, 2006 in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Old Baku on October 28, 2005.
  • Men fish in the Caspian Sea on October 30, 2005 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • A child in the Chalabixan refugee camp near Sheki, Azerbaijan on November 2, 2005.
  • A woman who was displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh outside her current home in Sumqayit, Azerbaijan, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005.