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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An Azerbaijani Town On The Front Lines

Published 4 August 2014

The Azeri town of Ciraqli sits almost on top of the Line of Contact dividing Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, the region controlled by Armenian-backed separatists. There has been fighting around the town in the last week, but residents have been dealing with conflict in the area for far longer than that. RFE/RL photographer Abbas Atilay went to the town in the Agdam district to record what life is like there for the residents.


Siyavus, 36, says he witnesses clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on a daily basis. 


One of the doors on Siyavus's property is less than 100 meters from the zone of conflict.


Siyavus has two boys. One stands at the bullet-riddled door on his property.


Siyavus always checks for danger when passing areas that are in the line of fire.


There are also creative ways to look around dangerous corners.


Siyavus collects stray bullets that he digs out of the walls of his property.


Siyavus is concerned about his mother's safety. 


The doors and windows of the house are reinforced with concrete to protect against stray bullets.


The walls of the house are pock-marked with old bullet holes.