June 16, 2023

Thousands of Armenian Mothers Mourn Children Killed by Azerbaijan

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

For the past 3 years, the indigenous Armenians of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)  in the South Caucasus have undergone an aggressive war at the hands of Azerbaijan and its ally, Turkey.

According to statements from Azeri state officials, this war’s purpose is to eliminate the Armenian presence in Artsakh. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, for instance, has repeatedly stated that Armenians in Artsakh “have two options: either they will live under Azerbaijani rule or leave.”

The war was launched on September 27, 2020 with the support of Turkey and lasted for 44 days. It involved the carpet bombing of cities and villages, the targeting of civilian populations, the recruitment of foreign terrorists from Syria, as well as the systematic perpetration of war crimes and human rights abuses. Azerbaijan used internationally prohibited weapons, and bombed hospitals, kindergartens, and houses during the war.