Over the Rainbow: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of War-Damaged
Areas in Azerbaijan
(UNDP; 1998). Text by Rebecca Ponton. 20 pgs.
The Long Walk
Home . . .
vivid memories. Images are burned into the mind's eye like the freeze-frame
of a camera. Every survivor has a mental picture that will be with
him forever. For Khagani Jafarov, now Deputy of Fizuli Region Executive
Committee (EXCOM), that picture is of his six-year old daughter,
running toward him, screaming, "Father!" when she learned
he was not dead.
she did not have shoes, she was wearing her mother's and, as she
ran toward me, crying, she tripped," he says somberly. "I
cannot forget this scene."
his family lived just three kilometers from what eventually became
the front-line in the conflict with Armenia, which began in 1988.
The invasion was swift and far-reaching: 22 villages were occupied
in the initial advance. Jafarov's wife had previously suggested
that they have some belongings ready in case they had to leave their
home. But, he explains, there were eight families living in the
house at that time.
take anything because who would help these people?" he asks,
without expecting an answer . . .
Rebecca Ponton. No part of this text may be reproduced without the
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