Nagorno-Karabakh: War and Aftermath

A woman looks at 31 candles she has lit for a missing soldier in Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh, on October 16, 2020. She notes that she lit as many candles as is his age. The cathedral was shelled twice on October 8, 2020. The town, which Armenians call Shushi and Azerbaijanis call Shusha, came under Azerbaijan's control by the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

By Anush Babajanyan

The Nagorno-Karabakh war with Azerbaijan began on September 27, 2020. It escalated from the frontlines to populated towns and villages and ended on November 10, 2020.

Being Armenian, I found myself in a situation of documenting and experiencing the events on a personal level. I live in Yerevan, five hours away from the largest city of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert. I was there on September 30, without an assignment but with an overpowering feeling of responsibility to photograph. In the following days there was no longer a frontline; the conflict eventually covered the entire territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The war ended with a ceasefire negotiated by Russia, and with Azerbaijan gaining control of a part of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions. Over 5,000 people died in this conflict on both sides. This story focuses on the people living in Nagorno-Karabakh, through a war and continuing uncertainty.

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