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Before Covid-19 struck Armenia, Avetisyan says a steady stream of construction and day labor work kept his family fed and housed.
Afgan Maharramov, 54, like many other traditional taxi drivers, is struggling to compete against new taxi apps in Baku.
Azerbaijanis over 65 are not permitted to leave their homes. Therefore many cannot receive their pensions, buy badly needed medication, or access social support.
For ethnic Georgians in breakaway Abkhazia, life is a bureaucratic nightmare.
One customer worries about the weakness in his legs following a stroke, another about "young boys with hair like women."
"When you are professional you do your best. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman."
Impoverished Shaki is a conservative place, but the town's talented girls' football team is emerging as a national powerhouse.
The students speak about their lives in a foreign land and their expectations for the future, when they return to Armenia.
"Every year we are told that a house will be provided for us next year."
Economic pressures and isolation have left one of Lernagyugh's two remaining families on the verge of leaving.
"Right then the sky went orange. A wave shook me and I saw soldiers flying through the air."
They share a common determination and single-mindedness despite very different goals and dreams.
Years after the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno Karabakh peaked, the disputed region was still posting 20 or more civilian casualties from landmines annually.
The massive protests that felled a long-time ruler showed citizens' impatience for political reforms. But many women want change to go even further.
"Citizenship is all I need to heal the scar of not belonging."
"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."
"I feel most proud of the 2017 Tbilisi championships where both olympians and paralympians participated - I managed to get second place."
"If they decide to shoot at any of the cars they can do it without any problem. Their positions are very close."
Azerbaijan's Last Rail Stop Before Nagorno Karabakh Is a Quiet Place, When It Isn't Getting Hit by Shells
Welcome to Kocharli: the end of the line.