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UNRESOLVED DREAMS

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    A young girl watches over her livestock in the village of Taxta Korpu in Aghjabadi, Azerbaijan on May 27, 2013. She is one of the 13,000 refugees originally from Lachin in Nagorno-Karabakh who fled their homes between 1988 and 2012 as a result of armed conflict and continued violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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    Ibadulla Ahmadov, 47 and Haver Ahmadova, 49, peer out the window of their small home in the village of Taxta Korpu in Aghjabadi, Azerbaijan.
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    Javanshir Mikailov, 20, prepares to go on the high bar.
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    A young boy climbs on the ruins of an derelict building while a horse grazes nearby in Aghdam.
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    New housing built by the government line the single road in Taxta Korpu.
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    Fariz Badalov holds up a photograph of her deceased 9-year old son. Badalov's son was shot dead by an Armenian sniper. Badalov lives the daily reminder of his death since her home is in the village of Orta Garvand, which is only 200 meters from the frontline and Armenian forces.
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    Teymur Amirov, 72, poses for a photograph with his daughter in law, Hijrah, 35. Amirov's son, Hijrah's husband, passed away leaving her a widow with two sons.
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    Shohla Abilova, 54, stands firmly by her daughter, Aghdam, 11, after scolding her for not assisting in chores at their home in the town of Aghdam.
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    Refugee Zanura Salimova, is photographed at her home in the village of Pirshagi. Salimova, who fled Khojaly pregnant, has been living in the former resort complex of Kizil Kum since 1993.
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    A refugee man wounded in the war with Armenia covers his newly made ovens to protect them from the rain.
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    Two sisters, Samangul Ismaylova, 38, and Cicek Ismaylova, 35, comb wool in their small home.
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    Yegana Gambarli, 47, with Murgan, 21, Leyla, 3 and Orham, 1, socialize in their home in the village of Taxta Korpu.
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    Refugee kids socialize as they celebrate their last day of school in the village of Shirvanli. Their homes are on an internally displaced person (IDP) settlement on a former cattle farm.
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    Teymur Amirov, 72, stands in thought outside the home he shares with his daughter in law, Hijrah, 35, in Aghjabadi. Amirov's son, Hijrah's husband, passed away, leaving her a widow with two sons.
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    Shakil Heydarova, 59, poses for a portrait with two young boys in the village of Taxta Korpu.
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    The granddaughter of Reyhan Kerimova, 67, listens as her grandmother talks about her new life in Aghjabadi.
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    Children play together in the hallway of an apartment building which houses refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the former resort complex of Kizil Kum, in the villlage of Pirshagi. Azerbaijan per capita, has the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people of any country in the world today.
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    Etibar Kerimov, 43, assists his daughter, Afat, 8, as she works on her studies in the kitchen.
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    Young boys play together in Aghjabadi.
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    Reyhan Kerimova, 67, is photographed while talking about her new life in Taxta Korpu. Kerimova has lived in this earthen dugout since 1992.
Unresolved Dreams

Per capita, Azerbaijan has the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons of any country in the world today. Twenty-four years of armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has caused more than 600,000 people in Azerbaijan to flee their homes. To escape the violent clashes, to internally displaced person (IDP) settlements, located anywhere from former cattle farms to closed resort complexes; these makeshift homes are all that some Azerbaijanis know.

Enduring from 1988 to 1994, when a ceasefire agreement was signed, the conflict has endured as skirmishes have continued to kill thousands of people, including many civilians. Although there has been a respite in the battle, the wounds are still fresh and the consequences prevalent in this region located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. With an estimated 30,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced at the hands of territorial conflict, Azerbaijanis struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of the strife.

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