Reference : V-P-AM-E-00302
Date : 04/08/2017
Country/Region : ARMENIA
Caption : Gegharkunik region, Vardenis village. Lusya Avanesyan is the mother of a missing person.
Photographer : HAKOBYAN, Gohar
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Lusya Avanesyan is a refugee from Baku, in Azerbaijan, who settled down in Vardenis in the 1990s. She lives alone and every single day waits for her son to return and open the door. She holds her son’s military cap, which is the only item left as a reminder of him.

ICRC website, “Armenia: Living between hope and despair”, 5 September 2017

"It's been 23 years since the signing of the ceasefire agreement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Thousands of families of the missing are still waiting for news of their loved ones.
Relatives of the people who went missing in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict tell their stories of living through the ambiguity of waiting, enduring hope and neverending despair. Their stories may be different but their pain is the same.
In Armenia, we give support to families of the missing by helping them with improved access to medical, legal and administrative services. We provide economic and psychosocial assistance, and help with finding ways to commemorate their missing relatives and to sensitize communities around them."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 6000x3376
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour