20 Years after the Ceasefire: Still Hoping for Peace
Violence against the Armenian population in Azerbaijan SSR in the late 1980’s, the fight for
Nagorno Karabakh’s independence and reunion with Armenia SSR lead to large-scale war by
the early 1990’s. Armenia acted as the guarantor of Nagorno Karabakh‘s security and
Armenian armed forces were able to liberate Nagorno Karabakh.
In 1994 the cease-fire agreement was signed. But, de jure war was never over. Today, the
consequences of unfinished war and ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan are especially evident
in border villages.
Here, for the last years, the gunshots almost never cease, formulating new rules for living. For
over 20 years, villagers have been living like “hostages”, trapped between peace and war.
Leaving a border village is like leaving a trench: almost impossible.
Photos taken in border villages Chinari and Nerqin Karmiraghbyur in Tavush region, Armenia.