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One man’s take of a recent visit to Karabagh, a vibrant and picturesque land. Via Notes From Hairenik We only met Valentine on the last day, as she had gone to send off her son to Yerevan. Valentine and her children were born in Karabakh but wound up in Georgia to live temporarily when hostilities broke out in the late 1980s.  Her husband had been serving in the army as an anti-aircraft gunner, and the army encouraged the family to settle in Shushi.  Valentine’s husband left for Russia with his mother and extended family in 1997 and never returned. Her son is studying medicine and wants to practice his profession in the military. Her two daughters, Armine and Ilona, were extremely accommodating and friendly. ...

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