Sevda Safaraliyeva is a disabled person of the first group. The biggest problem of her is that the infrastructure in Baku is not appropriate for people with disabilities. According to the law, the infrastructure for people with disabilities must meet international standards. However, the new constructed undergrounds and buildings are not constructed according to this law.
Life with Obstacles
Rahmanov Ahmed is the Qarabag war veteran and a person with disabilities of the second group. According to the labour code, in all organizations, at least one of 25 employers must be with disability. Ahmed Rahmanov was resigned from his job without any support from the law. He has a family and his elderly son has autism.
"No chance to work"
Two centuries ago, Molokans were exiled by Yelizaveta for their religious beliefs, yet they can still preserve all their traditions and customs. Ivanovka is a village in the Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan. The main difference from other villages is that it is populated mainly by Molokans.
The Last Molokans
23-year-old Leyla gave birth to a girl who was unwanted by her father. The father thinks that the reason for the having a girl means bad luck to him.
An Unwanted Baby-Girl
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"
Friends of Nature was founded in 2008. It includes two clubs: the Green Cycling Club, and the EcoTur Club. The Green Cycling Club promotes eco transportation. The aim of eco tour is to organize environmental camps to increase the interest towards nature.
"Teze Bazaar" is one of the most famous bazaars located in the center of Baku. The bazaar is around 80 years old and is best known for the availability of its fresh sturgeon and seafood from the Caspian, as well as the wonderful black caviar.
“ At that moment when we left the house, built with my parents’ hands, I was 5 and my brother was 9 years old. Since then, our every day was accompanied by a dream. “ Let the affairs with the house be finished.” This dream was not only our parents,’ but also our desire as we left our childhood in that unbuilt house. We did not understand the full meaning, and we pray for 4 walls every day. We did not get the full meaning of it, but we were sure that those 4 walls would bring a smile to our faces. Since 1993, starting from Barda, Ismayilli and Baku, we have changed more than 10 houses. Only one of them was built with the purpose to live in it. Others were either built unfinished, or were unused buildings, or wagons. Despite this, I don’t remember the houses in Barda and Ismayilli well, but I will never forget the houses in Baku. In this city we lived in wagons and windowless buildings, where we were forcely kicked out from places, and our house was knocked down, smashed up, and demolished. There are not any numbers to calculate how much we lost in those living places, but now they seem far away. Because over the years, we have managed to create some living conditions. Saying "home" it sounds more imaginary than just 4 walls for our family. The imagination of the house for us is a place where we can gather together, the place that gives an opportunity and conditions to study for myself and my brother, and to maintain ourselves without thinking about other needs. We imagined that a ‘Home’ is a place for us that would console us from the war's misfortunes….”
Azerbaijan is considered to be the most homophobic country in Europe. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) this result was made according to research gathered across 49 countries in Europe, which examined the human rights situation and pressure on LGBT communities. The index shows that the LGBT community in Azerbaijan have continued to face severe challenges in 2015, with violent attacks against members of the community, several murders committed , and intransigence among political leaders, who have condemned same-sex marriage. Participants, activists of LGBTQI community, have agreed to give an interview.
Four entrepreneurs, among others, live and work in the districts of Baharli and Banovshalar, Azerbaijan’s new settlements for IDPs in Agdam, near the frontline with Nagorno-Karabakh, where part of the city of Agdam is under control of Armenian forces. The recent escalation on the borderline had numerous repercussions for ordinary people living in the community, but still they remained unwilling to leave their homes. The majority of these people have moved from the other villages of Agdam and Barda to these villages, where the government built houses in 2005-2006 for IDPs. Every entrepreneur is trying to imagine what it would be like if there was no war….
If There Was No War...
Endemic corruption and human rights abuses are widespread in Azerbaijan, whose authorities’ systematic harassment, arrest, and imprisonment of political opponents has brought the Caucasian republic under international spotlight. However, still harm inflicted to animals goes undetected and remains pervasive.