Calculating the human cost of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Six week war in Nagorno-Karabakh resulted in thousands of deaths.
Six week war in Nagorno-Karabakh resulted in thousands of deaths. Copyright Anelise Borges
By Anelise Borges
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A six-week war in Nagorno-Karabakh resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths. Some are still waiting for news of their missing relatives.


After six weeks of violence, the guns have fallen silent in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

But for many, the worry and anxiety remain. 

Varduhi Avetyan is still waiting for news from her son who joined the fighting more than a month ago. 

She says she’s written letters to Armenian authorities - including the prime minister - but is still waiting for an answer.

"I don’t know what to say to his two daughters who keep asking where is my father, isn’t he going to come back? I don’t know what to answer," she tells Euronews.

Under a recent ceasefire deal, Azerbaijan regains control of a sizeable portion of territory that was already Azeri under international law. And Armenia gets to keep a reduced portion of the Nagorno-Karabakh.

The former Soviet states of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody war over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s.

Thousands were killed on both sides. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.

The war ended with a truce in 1994 but violence flared up again in recent months, which resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths.

Watch Anelise Borge's report from the region in the video player, above.

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