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Despite Migration To The Cities, Azerbaijani Village Life Goes On

In Soviet times, Azerbaijan's agricultural economy was vibrant, exporting grapes, cotton, tobacco, and dairy products. But the country's agricultural production has declined since the 1990s. Due to high rural unemployment, many people have left the countryside to look for work in the cities, particularly in the capital, Baku. Life in the villages, however, keeps chugging along. RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service photographer Abbas Atilay spent time in villages in Azerbaijan's southeastern tip close to the Iranian border. (15 PHOTOS)

A goose with goslings crosses the road in the village of Siyabli, close to the regional capital of Lankaran.
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A goose with goslings crosses the road in the village of Siyabli, close to the regional capital of Lankaran.

Children help their parents with the potato harvest in the village of Jalilabad. The region is more famous for growing limes and tea.
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Children help their parents with the potato harvest in the village of Jalilabad. The region is more famous for growing limes and tea.

A woman collects potatoes in Jalilabad. She covers her head to protect herself against the sun and insects. During the harvest she will spend all day in the fields. 
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A woman collects potatoes in Jalilabad. She covers her head to protect herself against the sun and insects. During the harvest she will spend all day in the fields. 

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