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The Azerbaijani Army Today (14 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A telephone apparatus in the military field. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (13 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (10 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A soldier resting on vacation before heading to battle or post in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (9 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (7 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The trench on the front lines of the military foothold in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (4 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the front lines facing the Armenian armed forces in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (3 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (2 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front of the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (18 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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Women Who Have Lost in Armenia
Tavush, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Mar 2013

Although the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, peace didn't come with it. Ceasefire violations along the border are nearly an everyday reality in Armenia.

Unemployment and poverty, which affects more than one third of Armenia's male population in border cities and villages, has forced them to still risk their lives serving in the military as contractors after they fulfilled their mandatory service.

This multimedia piece features women who have lost their husbands and sons during ceasefire violations. These widows are now forced continue living their daily lives andtake care of their families alone.

On June 18, 2008, two residents of the Armenian village of Chinari (Tavoush) were killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. Twenty year-old Levon Petrosyan died from his wounds. When fifty year-old Rafik Saghoyan went to help Levon, he too was struck down.

On April 27, 2012 three Armenian soldiers were killed during clashes with an Azerbaijani military unit that had infiltrated the border of Tavoush Province. The soldiers who died defending the border were Arshak Nersisyan, Davit Abgaryan and Aram Yesayan.

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Between the two stones (6 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Dec 2012

Iraqi Armenians have created a small Baghdad in their apartments, with mementos of photographs and other items brought from their former homes in Iraq. They often spend their time watching news or soaps from their native land on cable TV.

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BETWEEN THE TWO STONES
Darbnik, Armenia
By Mais Istanbuli
07 Dec 2012

Upon making their dream return to their motherland, Armenian-Iraqis did not anticipate the problems they would face. They made the decision to return to Armenia from a small separated community in Baghdad after the US-led invasion of their adopted country in 2004.
Instead of the open-armed heartfelt welcome they expected, they were met by difficulties in communicating with the locals, making relationships and finding jobs. They needed to pay for gas, electricity, and basic food supplies, something they weren’t used to because they were free in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

10 Armenian-Iraqi families live in Darbnik, a village 8km from Yerevan, where 90 percent of the population is composed of refugees. The village has a history of housing displaced people. In Soviet times it was predominantly populated by Azerbaijanis. The latter then left at the start of the Armenian-Azeri conflict in the 1980s, leaving their village to Armenians who under the same circumstances had fled Azerbaijan.

The families have been living in Darbnik’s former agricultural college, which was renovated by the UN. The village is devoid of any churches, drug stores, or markets. Even normal transportation is absent.

Most Armenian-Iraqis have created a small Armenian-esque Baghdad in their apartments, saving memories with photographs and other items brought from their former homes in Iraq.

They often spend their time watching news or soaps from their adopted land on cable TV.

Like before, they still live in a closed community. Being neither Iraqi nor Armenian they are living, as they say in Armenia, “a life between the stones”. But unlike in their previous lives, there is no idealized motherland to yearn for.

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Armenian Genocide Memorial
Yerevan, Armenia
By nicholasalanclayton
12 May 2012

Onlookers view the eternal flame at Tsitsernakaberd memorial to the Armenian Genocide.

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Armenian Countryside
Armenia
By nicholasalanclayton
12 May 2012

A donkey grazes in front of a crumbling 9th century Armenian church.

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Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia
By nicholasalanclayton
12 May 2012

Children play with light-up swords on Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Armenian Genocide Museum
Yerevan, Armenia
By nicholasalanclayton
12 May 2012

A part of the Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Yerevan Mosque
Yerevan, Armenia
By nicholasalanclayton
12 May 2012

The dome of the Blue Mosque in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Between the two stones (15 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2012

In the quiet Darbnik village, 90 percent of the population are refugees .

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Minorities in Georgia (34 of 37)
Marneuli, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Jan 2012

A weekly cattle market near Marneuli, Georgia. Marneuli, a town in southern Georgia, close to both Armenian and Azerbaijani borders, is widely populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis, traditionally sheep and cattle herders. The market is a place of cattle trading not only for local Azerbaijanis, but also for Georgians, Armenians and others, who come here every sunday looking for a good deal.

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An Armenian Orthodox Church in Baghda...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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Baghdad's Art-Deco houses in Al-Bataw...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

Art-Deco houses line both sides of Al-Bataween's main road. The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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Transgenders (1 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
15 Oct 2011

Layma thinks that being a transgender is like putting a stamp of loneliness on yourself.

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Between the two stones (14 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Apr 2011

Around 16 families of Iraqi-Armenians live in Darbnik's former agricultural college

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Between the two stones (13 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Apr 2011

Iraqi Armenian boys play with Darbnik's native children.

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Between the two stones (10 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

Many Iraqi Armenians haven't got a job because they can't find it in Darbnik. Working in the Yerevan capital of Armenia requires payment for transportation two ways, which is inconvenient and financially difficult.

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Between the two stones (9 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

They can’t get used to the nature that surrounds them.

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Between the two stones (4 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

Nshan Feras Soman, 39, lives alone with a little dog .He is very hardworking, he works for $3 per day with cattle.

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Between the two stones (3 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

An object from Iraq to remind them of their former life.

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Between the two stones (8 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Afther all conflict tenses Garnik Barsegh (60) left his house and shops and then in Armenia he have lost his foot during the work. Although he became footless he continue living and enjoying with small pieces that his wife keeps bringing from Iraq.

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Between the two stones (7 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Afther all conflict tenses Garnik Barsegh (60) left his house and shops and then in Armenia he have lost his foot during the work. Although he became footless he continue living and enjoying with small pieces that his wife keeps bringing from Iraq.

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Between the two stones (5 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Minas and Maral are twins. When they first came, they had a lot of problems in school. Many pupils called them "Iraqian."

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Transgenders (2 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
26 Nov 2010

Despite numerous incidents of discrimination and harassment, the park next to Yerevan City Hall remains the only place where transgender sex workers can work openly.