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US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Lachin residents flee to the town of Goris

19:50  28 october  2020
19:50  28 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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With the continuing fighting and the Azerbaijani army continuing to advance south and near the Lachin corridor, the main passage between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, residents are fleeing the bombardments. Many have found refuge in Goris, the first major city after the Armenian border.

With our special envoys, Anastasia Becchio and Richard Riffonneau

A young woman tries to calm her infant at the entrance to the food aid distribution center. With her seven children, she arrived two days ago from Latchin. "We couldn't stay there anymore," she slips into a smile of sadness and apologizes for not having the heart to speak. 16-year-old Suren pulls a large bag full of food towards her. This young inhabitant of Goris has been volunteering here for 1 month.

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“Our soldiers are dying at the front, and we help as best we can, while we wait for our turn to also go to the front. Opposite they have drones, they have equipment, but we have the spirit ", explains the young man.

In a large hall, cans, bags of flour and rice are stored. Every evening, trucks from all over Armenia deliver the food collected thanks to the donations. The lines drawn, Irina Ioulian, deputy mayor of Goris supervises the food aid distribution operations.

“The war started for more than a month and since then, the volunteers, the population, have been working day and night to try to assuage the pain of our guests. Almost all the men of fighting age have gone to defend the homeland. These young people here are minors, but they do such an important job as our men on the front lines, they are kind of defending the rear, "she explains.

Refugees now represent nearly 10% of the population of Goris. Most want to stay here, near the border, so as not to stray too far from those close to them on the front lines.

Azerbaijani army about to take key city from Armenians .
© AFP / Karen MINASYAN An Armenian in the devastated town of Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh. The city is under threat from Azerbaijani troops. If Shusha falls, much of the Armenian separatist region could fall over. The Azerbaijani army has gained the upper hand over the Armenian separatist fighters. It threatens a key city and especially to cut the only road connecting their "capital" Stepanakert to Armenia. Propaganda has its limits.

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