Anger, Fear and Sorrow Consume Armenians Leaving Land Returned to Azerbaijan

Anger, Fear and Sorrow Consume Armenians Leaving Land Returned to Azerbaijan
KALBAJAR, Azerbaijan—Charred homes and businesses line the main road that cuts through the mountain villages in this part of the South Caucasus. A faint smell of smoke hangs in the air. On the side of one torched building someone has scrawled a parting message: “We will be back.”
The ethnic Armenian inhabitants of the area are fleeing this land that is to be turned over to Azeri forces on Nov. 25 as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan. And they are determined to destroy whatever they can’t take with them.
Trees have been felled. And nothing but a few workbooks and desks remain in the burned-out shell of a local school.
“We are builders, not burners. It is something that is hard to do,” said Arshak Zakaryan, who was methodically dismantling the restaurant his family has run for two years on the outskirts of Dadivank, a village in the Kalbajar district. “We can’t live with Azeris,” said the 52-year-old entrepreneur, who keeps an AK-47 rifle close at hand.
Kalbajar and two other districts next to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh are to be handed back to Azerbaijan from Armenia as part of a Nov. 10 agreement ending six weeks of fighting between the two countries over the enclave.

XL subscribe to our newsletter banner

Get the latest news and advice on COVID-19, direct from the experts in your inbox. Join hundreds of thousands who trust experts by subscribing to our newsletter.

Send your news and stories to us news@climaxradio.co.uk or newstories@climaxnewsroom.com and WhatsApp: +447747873668.

Before you go...

Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.

Leave a Reply