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Azeri refugees long to return to Nagorno-Karabakh

Widow Nazakat Valiyeva, an Azeri refugee from Nagorno-Karabakh, with a picture of her husband who was killed by shelling in 2020
— Terter (Azerbaijan) (AFP)

For half his life, 67-year-old Azerbaijani Azad Abbasov has dreamed of returning to his home in the beautiful mountains of Nagorno-Karabakh.

"It's my obsession," said the retired teacher, who will never forget the day in 1992 when his family was driven from the village of Umudulu by Armenian forces.

Baku's lightning victory last week over Armenian separatists in the disputed Caucasus enclave has rekindled his hope of returning to that lost idyll.

Even though he said his home was burned down when the Armenians took over the village, Abbasov keeps an aerial photo of the spot on his phone. "I look at it often," he said, clearly moved.

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