United Nations in Azerbaijan: Working Hand in Hand for A Better
Future. (UNDP; 1999).
Text by Rebecca Ponton. 58 pgs.
United Nations Development
In the winter
of 1993, as Armenian armed forces advanced on the settlement of
Horadiz, the unarmed inhabitants tried to escape by crossing the
border in Iran through a dike in the Araz River. Weapon in hand,
Nazim Alekperov, a resident of Horadiz, led a small band of volunteers
in covering the fleeing settlers until they had safely crossed into
Iran. For many hours, the group was able to hold back their aggressors
whose numbers far exceeded theirs.
Due to their
heroic efforts, some 4000 people were able to escape unharmed into
Iran. Alekperov and his friends attempted to join them, but, as
he covered the others, he was killed in the one-sided battle.
hometown of Horadiz is the site of the United Nations Development
Program's pilot reconstruction project. Started in 1996, two years
after a cease-fire agreement was signed, the project was begun with
US $500,000 in "seed money," which was used to establish
and build the capacity of the Azerbaijan Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Agency (ARRA), the operating and implementing arm of the State Commission
for Reconstruction . . .
Rebecca Ponton. No part of this text may be reproduced without the
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