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Azerbaijan: Life On The Edge Of An Oil Field

The Azerbaijani village of Novkhany near Baku is located right beside an oil field. RFE/RL photo reporter Petr Shelomovskiy went there to document the daily lives of local farmers and other inhabitants.


Ilshan, a sheperd, and his son Adygezel at their farm near Novkhany.
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Ilshan, a sheperd, and his son Adygezel at their farm near Novkhany.

An oil pumpjack in the field near Ilshan's farm.
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An oil pumpjack in the field near Ilshan's farm.

Ilshan at work. They are not his sheep -- he is paid $250 a month for looking after them.
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Ilshan at work. They are not his sheep -- he is paid $250 a month for looking after them.

Sheep fill the farmyard, as the shepherds return for lunch.
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Sheep fill the farmyard, as the shepherds return for lunch.

Adygezel, 5, at the entrance of the family home.
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Adygezel, 5, at the entrance of the family home.

Adygezel inside the house.
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Adygezel inside the house.

Petting a horse.
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Petting a horse.

Svetlana, a shepherd's wife, in her home.
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Svetlana, a shepherd's wife, in her home.

Spilled oil near Novkhany village.
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Spilled oil near Novkhany village.

Suzanna Bakhyshova in her house on the edge of the oil field in the Binagady district of Baku. The house has no running water and no sewage system. 
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Suzanna Bakhyshova in her house on the edge of the oil field in the Binagady district of Baku. The house has no running water and no sewage system. 

A broken pumpjack, just outside the family’s wall. 
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A broken pumpjack, just outside the family’s wall. 

Suzanna pulls back a curtain to reveal the view of the oil field.
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Suzanna pulls back a curtain to reveal the view of the oil field.

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