Russ Juskalian.PHOTOGRAPHY
In 1992, full scale fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what is now the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It was the first war that resulted from the fall of the Soviet Union, and was preceded by decades of ethnic conflict. Anti-Armenian pogroms in Karabakh and Baku stoked talk of independence as the Berlin Wall was falling. But as the war hit fever pitch, both sides were guilty of atrocities, and both ethnic groups were forced to flee homes and migrate. To this day, whole towns, including one that was home to 50,000 Azeri inhabitants, sit empty in ruins. This is an ongoing project to document a disputed land and its people, including three populations: those who lived through the fighting, those who arrived as refugees, and those who were born here.