Gandzaszar. Armenian were the first to become Christians in Europe, their head of church is Catholicos.
Vardadzor. Grieving widow crying on the bench in front of her house.
The graves of Armenian victims can be found everywhere in Karabah.
Vardadzor. Hovik is praying among the Armenian gravesites. He put the heavy headstones back onto the graves alone, with the help of metal rods and pullies.
Donkeys eating grass on the soccer field.
Village Vank. The little villages’ people are very poor, but they still have their own television.
Red star on the gate.
Village Azokh. The war-veteran is staring at old chiefs in the club room.
Vardadzor, Pigs are relexing. They make their own needs to themselves.
The Armenian holocaust and the war with Azerbaijan left painful marks on their everyday life.
Gazell on the road.
„Tag jur”. Hot waters swimmers Armnian people.
Village Vank, Artur
Azokh village, Wet Donkey
Gandzasar. Cemeteries are placed in central places because of the peoples’ sad and stormy past. Folks visit almost every day the graves.
In the war a lot of women lost their husbands. Grandparents raise the children in many cases because the parents died in the war. Vardadzor village.
Twins sleeping in Vank. Despite poverty, it is important to have children, and the government supports young families to help increase the population.
Shushi. Volga in the fog. Although the Karabakh war ended 20 years ago, many parts of town are still in ruins.
Vank village. Armen and his family keep bees.
The symbols of the past are everywhere, even in the smallest village too.
Shushi. Georgij and his dog live in the slums of town.
Town of Shushi. Retired teacher, Khacsaturyan. His father used to be the principal of the Armanian school, his son is a director at a hospital in the region.
Pasture horses going home.
Town of Susi. The ruins of Minaret show proof that many muslims inhabited the area before the war.
Old man, Aghasyan Aharon, village Kolatak. Guns are still a natural part of many households..
This area in the Caucasus, inhabited mostly by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The following years were characterised by economic crisis, then an open war broke out between Azerbaijan and the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabah, in which thirty-five thousand people died. The two neighbouring countries are still at war officially, since to this day Azerbaijan claims the province of Nagorno-Karabah, inhabited mostly by Armenians, as their own territory. The aftermath of this war, together with that of the Armenian Holocaust, can still be felt in the everyday life of the people, the new conflict reopened the old wounds. The walls are hung with old photos, the faces reflect sorrow. Weapons are common in many households. Many a times grandparents bring up their grandchildren because part of the generations between them, which are supposed to play a pivotal role in the society, have perished in the war. This situation is worsened and maintained by the fact that there are boundaries between these territories, with unofficial border guards, unofficial stamps, governments and ministers.