The Nagorno-Karabagh is a mountainous, large region as a French department, which declared independence in 1991 by breaking away from Azerbaijan at the cost of a bloody war between Armenians and Azeris. In 1917 a Russian census revealed that this area was popu- lated by 94% Armenian. But after the annexation of the region to the USSR, the Soviet government integrated the Karabakh to Azerbaijan in the form of an autonomous region.
Anti-armenians pogroms took place In 1988 in Baku and Sumgait, and local elected upper Karabakh demanded their unification to Armenia; Refusal of Moscow; this war has claimed more than 30 000 deaths and chased from their homes thousands of Armenians. The Armenians largely prevailed.The signing of a ceasefire in 1994 and yet in force, has not resolved the conflict between Baku and Yerevan that fail to agree on the status of the region. Since, Karabakh is an independent republic which is recognized only by Armenia.
This bloody war was one of the most destructive conflicts in the post USSR. Although the ceasefire is yet in force, deadly fighting broke out regularly along the border. On the night of 2 to 3 April 2016, fighting of a rare intensity erupted along the front line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces. This is the most violent clashes since the ceasefire in 1994. Truce constantly violated by Baku, the fights are in- creasingly recurring to either side of the «line of contact», causing the death of young soldiers. We now know the existence of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Turks in 1915, but less is known about the existence of the Nagorno-Karabagh.
On my arrival in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, in June 2016, I saw the trucks of the army which brought on the front the young Armenian sol- diers. There was great excitement among the young recruits who showed their determination to defend their ancestral territory. We had to calm their enthusiasm and patriotism. My purpose in photography is not to make sensational but to collect testimonies that reflect the human situation after the conflict. This is what I have done for a month. This is for me another way of telling the war. After a few weeks among mountains and front line, I made a report turned towards human being. These women, these young soldiers dream only about a thing: PEACE This frozen conflict, put on standby, recalls the impossible mourning of the unrecognized genocide of 1915.
Heavy silence from the front … Young on the alert ….