A few Azerbaijanis are still left in Karabakh-Nagorno. But because of the concern that their families in Azerbaijan would be persecuted, their names are kept secret for a long time.
Irina Kovalchuk writes the aforesaid in her article published at Segodnya.ua and devoted to her trip to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh).
“They had arranged a meeting for me with a 60-year-old Azerbaijani women living in the NKR. Her Armenian husband had died in the first days of the Karabakh war. The woman had not left Karabakh because of her children, who consider themselves Armenian,” Kovalchuk writes.
“Sometimes I forget that I am Azerbaijani. But a person that does not respect and love his nation cannot respect and love another nation. [But] now, Karabakh’s independence must be achieved.
“For me, the important thing is my children, and I have stayed here for their sake.
“The local Armenians have always protected me, and if ours i.e., the Azerbaijanis come, they would first shoot me as a traitor,” the Azerbaijani woman told Kovalchuk.
The Azerbaijani woman, however, no longer dreams of ever being able to stroll along her Azerbaijani capital city Baku.