Archive for May, 2011

May 9, 2011

“I am from Karabakh, I was born in Azerbaijan, I live in Armenia. I don’t know who I am. I’m human”

This is a transcript of an interview with Alla, recorded in Yerevan, Armenia, on Feb. 21, 2011. You can listen to the interview (in Armenian) here:

My name is Alla; I’m 24 years old. It seems I work in journalism, if I’m not mistaken [jokingly]. I graduated from the Faculty of Journalism. I was born in Azerbaijan; [now] I live in Armenia, with my father. Before, my brother was with us too, now he’s married. I have brothers who don’t live in Armenia. My mother died in the summer of 1988; I wasn’t yet 2 years old. At that time, I was still in Azerbaijan. If I’m not mistaken, in 1989, when all that [i.e. the Nagorno-Karabakh War] started, we came to Armenia. We lived in the city of Kirovabad [present-day Ganja]. They also call that city Gandzak or Ganja. I knew it as Kirovabad; now I don’t what’s the right way to call it. Then everything started (the war with Azerbaijan, the joining with Armenia): In short, we were forced to come here. But my mother’s grave is there [in Azerbaijan].

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May 2, 2011

More than ten years she work as itinerant seller.

Interview with Lalayeva Aishe from Zagatala, Azerbaijan by Khanim Javadova.

She says that she has been working here since she married. But nowadays there is no trade in market. “There is no trade that’s why I don’t want to go to work.” No matter that it is cold or hot the person who works indoor must go to. “Now at this moment  several months we are going and coming but there is nothing to do. But I have no way, I am in predicament I think that possibly I go I can earn something for daily bread for children.”

49-year-old Aishe lives in İkinci Tala village of Zagatala which is situated in the north of  Azerbaijan. She says that she had never left here. In her youth though she went to Ganja for business industrial study; she married in Zagatala.

She lives together with her family of six (not including her). Saying that she never wants to be alone — her family is her priority. For that reason she can not leave for another district or country even it is temporary. “Although my family may come with me I have siblings we are close to one another.”

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