Reference : V-P-AM-E-00229
Date : 29/10/2012
Country/Region : ARMENIA
Caption : Tavush district, Koti village, border with Azerbaijan. Serob and his Azerbaijani friend during their military service. He and his family received a pregnant cow, 100 chickens and assistance to rehabilitate their homes from the ICRC.
Photographer : KOKIC, Marko
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
During the war in the early 1990s, Serob's family had to flee while he and other men remained to defend the village. His brother Hovsep who suffered from mental illness since childhood had been hospitalized in a town called Vardenis. But due to the war the hospital was forced to close and patients were sent home. In June 1992, Koti was bombed, so Serob accompanied his family to safety to a town called Stepanavan. However, Serob's brother refused to stay there and wanted to return home with him. So they returned together. Soon after upon returning home from getting drinking water from a spring, Serob found his brother missing. As much as he tried, he never found a trace of him and suspects that he must have wandered across the frontline. In this photo are the only photos he has of his brother who was much older when he went missing. Among the few photos in Serob's possession on one of him and his Azerbaijani friend Rzaev from Baku with whom he had done his military service during the Soviet Union in the northern Russian town of Murmansk. Although he fought the Azerbaijanis during the war he has nothing but fond memories of his friend Rzaev, who he says was intelligent, friendly and warm-hearted.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour