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One of the biggest employers in Karabakh, at 7 AM on Monday morning, the 210 strong staff of the HALO Trust gather at their compound in Stepanakert.
With Vera Grigoryan and cohorts at the Union of Relatives of Artsakh War Missing in Action Soldiers
Renovated at a cost of millions of dollars, the sole airport in Nagorno-Karabakh has not seen a flight since 1992, as Azerbaijan has declared it will shoot down any planes. Inside, TV screens were on, a luggage carousel rotated and a single, glum attendant stood by an empty departures board.
Once home to 45,000, Shushi now has a population of under 4,000. Many live in semi-derelict buildings such as this war-ravaged husk
Nifty solution for derelict buildings bombed out in the war; paint scenes of shops in the windows
Once home to 150,000 & the third biggest city in Azerbaijan, now the town of Agdam is utterly derelict. We got in and out a day before heavy fighting broke out on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh/Azerbaijan border. Fifteen were reported killed.
Burnt-out vehicle, one of many. Only a single building remains standing. Even the militia are housed in a semi-derelict
Rebuilt to the design of native son made good, Levon Haieapetian, the town of Vank features a hotel supposed to resemble the Titanic. A week before I arrived the shortly after the lumber baron was arrested in one of Putin's purges, purportedly over a dodgy oil deal
A favoured hangout for local men after dark, by the gas station a camo-clad man sold knives which he'd hung from a tree.
Graves of the war dead look out over the Mardakert District, their machine gun wielding likenesses etched on their headstones
All images copyright Stephen M. Bland