Interview with Armenian Refugee from Baku

“We could not even imagine that would never have a chance to return to Baku”, – says Elina, a 25-year-old PhD student and senior researcher at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University. She was 2 years old when her family decided to move to Armenia in 1988. Although the Sumgait pogroms had already taken place by that time, no one in the family thought that shortly after Azerbaijan and Armenia would get involved into a full-scale military confrontation and the border would get closed for years. In 1988 Elina’s father was offered a good position in the field of oil and gas industry and an apartment for the whole family in Armenia. The new page in their life started and prolonged up to now in the town located in the west of Armenia with the population of around 34,000 named Hoktemberyan (now Armavir). Elina recalls her toys and bicycle “at home” and says that they left their apartment in the downtown not even making an attempt to sell it or exchange, having no idea that the clashes will grow into the war soon. The situation did not seem to get any better. Moreover by 1990, Elina’s grandparents and other relatives moved to Armenia, while people around were already talking about possibility of the war with Azerbaijan. Read more on the Neutral Zone


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