Armenia has abstained from voting on a UN resolution calling for the return of IDPs to Abkhazia and South Ossetia for the first time since 2008, when the resolution was first introduced. Armenia had previously always voted against the resolution in the annual votes at the UN General Assembly. [Read more…]
Over 17,000 Syrian-Armenians have fled to Armenia over the past five years. While many expected this to be a temporary move, they are now setting down firm roots in the country. [Read more…]
Despite reports of violence and discrimination against queer people often hitting the news, for Wagdy (Egypt), Riri (Azerbaijan), and Misha (Nigeria), Georgia represents a safe place where they can finally be themselves. While some find a new life in Georgia free from fear, the country’s opaque asylum procedures threaten to send some of them back, their presence deemed ‘contradictory to the interests of the country’.
At over 2,000 metres above sea level, in the last village before the northern mountain pass from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, life in Sotk can be arduous. The village, which until 30 years ago was inhabited by Azerbaijanis, is now home to Armenians who fled their homes in Azerbaijan, though most of these have also moved on to greener pastures.
A quarter-century after the outbreak of the War in Abkhazia, opposing sides still mark the beginning of the conflict with contradictory narratives. The 13 month long war started on 14 August 1992 and claimed the lives of thousands, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced. [Read more…]
On 2 April 2016, the Four-Day War began, and Azerbaijani troops moved into the village of Talish in Nagorno-Karabakh. One year on, only a couple of dozen men remain in Talish — their wives and children waiting to return and rebuild their lives.
A lack of running water, electricity, heating, or a sewage system has been blamed for a recent medical emergency involving a newborn in an Abkhazian IDP family. OC Media investigated the living conditions in the settlement.
There are more than 1,200 Syrian Circassians living in Kabardino-Balkaria. They came to their historical homeland to escape the horrors of war, but integrating into the local community is not easy.
After Mikael fled the guerrilla war in Chechnya to Norway, he was contacted and asked to come to the Russian embassy. One email reads: ‘Work with us and you and your family will be safe. If not, it will be cold and wet for you’. [Read more…]