“Stay away from the windows, the Azeri sharpshooters are there.”
The secret service employee who accompanies me shows me the first line of the conflict: visible to the naked eye from the room. All around, books and notebooks spread on the ground between plaster flakes and dust. We are in an elementary school hit by Grad rockets, in the village of Talish, in Nagorno-Karabakh. Today, it’s a ghost city after bombings in April, which caused in this small hamlet the death of tens of soldiers, but also of some civilians.
Here, the fight proceeds house by house, and the signs of bullets are visible on most of the buildings in the village. Others have been sliced open by bombs and rockets, like a huge hall used for matrimonies and festivities, totally destroyed. The emblem of an endless war, the one between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, fought at Europe’s borders for a quarter century, but that the world keeps on wanting to forget.