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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02506-N
Date : 13/11/2018
Title : Insecurity and fear : rare footage from the Armenian-Azerbaijani border
Duration : 00:04:39
Director : unknown
Cameraman : YEFIMOVA, Anastasia
Editor : unknown
Person appearing :
RZAYEV, Khudaverdi (field officer, ICRC)
KARAMYAN, Armen (field officer, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
YEFIMOVA, Anastasia
Description : For decades, people along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border have been living amidst fear and serious security risks. They feel the consequences of hostilities related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict every day, as they work their land, walk home from school, eat dinner in their yard. Safer places to find shelter in case of emergency are much needed in these communities.
Isa Musaev, 90 years old, and his wife, who live in Alibayli (Tovuz region, Azerbaijan), have been caught more than once by shooting. Once, they could not make it into their house to hide. “I was holding onto the door. I felt like I was lifted up and down,” Isa recalls. “A splinter hit my hip. Another hit the roof.”
On the other side of the border, people face the same risks. Misha Khudaverdyan, 69 years old, from Berkaber (Tavush region, Armenia) remembers his sleepless nights during shootings: “The bullets hit my house very often. I took them out of windows and walls. I couldn’t sleep at night”.
To make sure that these people have at least a safer entrance to their homes and are somehow secure inside, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has built protective walls and walled in windows for those houses and public places exposed to the crossfire on all sides of the conflict.
Beyond people’s homes, education has also been affected by shooting. For many years, parts of the school in Vazashen (Armenia) were not used because it was too dangerous. “We were using only the sports hall in this part of the building – because we didn’t have any alternative – which was very dangerous”, Olya Dallakyan, the school principal explains.
In Alibayli village (Azerbaijan), the number of kids studying at school is decreasing. “It is very difficult to work, to maintain students’ participation in classes under these dangerous conditions. Before, when there were no war conditions, the school had to run two shifts of classes as the building was small”, Rasim Aliyev, the school principal, says. Now there are only 100 kids studying at the school.
On all sides of the conflict, the ICRC has reinforced school walls and protected windows but these walls will not endure if heavy shelling happens. The ICRC is also helping schools to repair and equip safer rooms where children, teachers and people from neighbouring houses can wait safely until the shelling stops.
All these measures are contributing to provide safer access to schools and education despite the ongoing conflict.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Insecurity and fear : rare footage from the Armenian-Azerbaijani border
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422