Around the world, Azerbaijan is seen as the victor in the 44-day Nagorno Karabakh war. But for scores of Azerbaijanis who lost their homes during the fighting, the atmosphere of triumph has been overshadowed by a growing uncertainty about what the coming months will bring.
An unspoken cost of war
Shahnaz, 29, and her husband Huseyn didn’t want to have children yet—they were young and they didn’t feel ready to bring a new life into the world. They were enjoying each other and being a family of two.
In Azerbaijan, young, married, childless and marginalized
“I don’t support being a parent at an early age, because at an early age people are not fully realized, they don't know what they want. How can a young person be a parent if they are not yet fully formed as an individual?”
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Talysh - is the second biggest ethnic minority group in Azerbaijan. This south region of Azerbaijan is famous with gender problems, among others. Today, Talysh grandmothers became very popular for their musical culture. Talysh grandmothers could break the stereotypes and became loved by everyone in the country.
Well-known Talysh Grandmothers
A woman who was married because of the insistence of her parents, was subjected to the violence of her husband, and was burned.
This is a unique video, filmed in a traditional male-gathering place in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, where men are asked about their views on women.
"Women as seen in South Caucasus"
This Bazaar is located near the railway in Baladjar, Baku. It has already been one month since they stopped the tram. Previously, traders took a tram to bring their products, and it cost less money. Now they have to take a car from the Khachmaz region, and pay a lot for it what led to high prices to the products.
No train - High prices
ColorFest is an annual colorful music festival. The first festival of colors was hold in the city of Quba in 2015 and gathered hundreds of people. The main tradition is to sprinkle each other with colorful spices. The second festival was held at Pepsi Beach, Baku, and gathered more than 300 people.
ColorFest in Azerbaijan
Two sisters from Baku decided to buy 1ha garden and cultivate apples in the Khachmaz region of Azerbaijan. However, their mission is not only to earn money from this business, but to enlighten people about the possibilities to do with apples through organizing an exhibition, where they cook everything themselves.
What to do with Apples?
Qocaqli, in the Khachmaz region of Azerbaijan, is the only village in the country with “homemade” tractors: vehicles without any semblance of a brand, constructed piece by piece by the farmers themselves. Almost every family in this village has a unique, hand-built tractor.
From the beginning of the ‘90s: youth began to leave the village and now it is almost devastated. In the ‘90s a wave of emigration started from Ivanovka to Russia. Not only the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as economic crisis affected it, but the war with Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh (1988-1994) accelerated this tendency. People began to leave the village in search of a more stable life. Ivanovka, is the only village in Azerbaijan where a kolxoz (collective farm) still exists.
Ivanovka: A Timeless Village
On April 26th, 1986 Eldar Sultanov was a police officer in Gostomel, 35 kilometres from Kiev, capital of the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. “I was sitting on the couch, watching the evening news. They showed the nuclear plant in Chernobyl engulfed by flames.”
My Body Remembers Chernobyl
Ten-year-old Sabir has a dream - to become a musician. Born into an Internally Displaced Person family, he has lived in a small self-made house lying between the railways of Baladshary train station of Baku his whole life. Sabir needs an accordion. The price of an instrument is not affordable with his parent’s income, so the young boy, full of passion, does not have any idea what will happen next. Nevertheless, he holds onto some hope, and tries his best to improve his skills with his neighbor's broken Garmon (musical instrument).
It is the village of Jek (Cek in Azerbaijani). And its 300-some inhabitants, predominantly Sunni Muslims, consider themselves ethnic Jeks, descendants of the Caucasian Albanians, an ancient, semi-legendary people. Their language, part of the northeast Caucasus’ Lezgin group, is their calling card, they say.
Being Jek in Azerbaijan
Sometimes parents are so busy traveling with the flock that they forget that their children are getting older and need an education.
The Children of Azerbaijan's Nomads
The hobby of raising birds is a famous pastime in Azerbaijan, especially on the rooftops of Baku.
A Male Tradition With An Uncertain Future in Azerbaijan
While women are slowly being admitted to the teahouse tradition, they are subjected to several "unwritten rules" that range from where they can sit to where female staff should wash the dishes.
Azerbaijani men find refuge in traditional teahouses
Azerbaijan’s forests are facing three major threats: clear-cutting, selective cutting and forest fires.
The Disappearing Trees of Azerbaijan
The start of crop farming has alarmed environmentalists, who fear the crop farms will destroy the land and force the gazelles to leave.
New farms threaten Azerbaijan’s legendary gazelles
Celebrating births has become a major industry in Azerbaijan, where event planners say festivities to mark the arrival of a new baby can rival even wedding parties.
A baby girl is nice – but a boy is better
Statistically, Azerbaijan has the second highest rate of gender selective abortions in the world after China, according to research by the UN Population Fund.
A baby girl is nice – but a boy is better
Being forced into mental asylums is not an unusual punishment for people who speak out in Azerbaijan