World Nagorno-Karabakh: the inhabitants of Stepanakert improvise an underground bakery

02:25  27 october  2020
02:25  27 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Armenia and Azerbaijan truce breaks down within hours

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The 2020 Nagorno - Karabakh war is an ongoing armed conflict between Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, supported by Armenia

During the Nagorno - Karabakh War, Stepanakert , the largest city in Nagorno - Karabakh , was besieged by Azerbaijani forces. From late 1991 to May 1992 the city and its Armenian population was

Près de 70% de la population a fui Stepanakert. Ceux qui restent se réfugient dans des abris souterrains comme cette famille, ici, le 22 octobre 2020. © AP Photo Nearly 70% of the population has fled Stepanakert. Those who remain take refuge in underground shelters like this family, here, on October 22, 2020.

Fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and the soldiers of the self-proclaimed Republic despite the announcement of 'a new ceasefire. In Stepanakert, nearly 70% of the population fled, but for those who remain, it is necessary to organize supplies. Report in an improvised bakery in Stepanakert.

With our special envoys to Stepanakert, Anastasia Becchio and Richard Riffonneau

The smell of hot bread spreads in an underground car park of a ten-story building. At the end of the corridor, behind a blue tarpaulin, men are removing bread from the oven and storing them on carts. In one corner, an electric mixer is running at full speed.

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Nagorno - Karabakh , also known as Artsakh (Armenian: Արցախ), is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, within the mountainous range of Karabakh, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur

Follow RT for stories on Nagorno - Karabakh , including breaking news and the latest updates. Nagorno - Karabakh is in the news, as the disputed region on the Armenian-Azeri border is seen as part of Azerbaijan by Baku, and as an independent republic by Yerevan.

Guevorg Aratunian, a 3rd year history student at the University of Nagorno-Karabakh, was requisitioned to work here 12 hours a day. “We do shifts: a first team works from 10 am to 10 pm and the second from 10 pm to 10 am. Bread is made for the soldiers, but above all to feed the population of Stepanakert.

The breads are then distributed free of charge by volunteers who bring them to the underground shelters. Others come to pick them up themselves. The strategic place is protected by the military.

Arman, in his fifties, who worked as a baker in the past, came to put his skills at the service of the population. “I never wanted to leave. Here is our land, this is our homeland. We work here with professional bakers but also with a lot of volunteers. »

How many breads leave this parking lot every day? The baker refuses to give a figure: it's a secret.

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The battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan have claimed thousands of lives and may escalate further. This past weekend, the United States brokered a cease-fire between warring neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to some accounts, the uneasy truce barely lasted an hour. Instead, the conflict in the Caucasus rages on, marking the worst period of hostilities in the region in almost three decades. Civilian casualties are mounting, with both sides accusing the other of ferrying in foreign fighters and indiscriminately targeting urban areas with missile strikes and artillery fire.

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