ARENI, Armenia (AFP) — Khalida Asryan is still anxious two weeks after fleeing the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh which was seized by Azerbaijani forces, fearing they may advance further after their victory.
Asryan has resettled with nine family members in the wine-making village of Areni, a few kilometers from the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan.
Now she is worried, like many Armenians, that Azerbaijan will launch military operations around her new home — this time to create a land corridor to Nakhichevan.
“We didn’t realize we were going to be near another border when we came here,” Asryan told AFP.
Nakhichevan does not share a border with Azerbaijan but has been tied to Baku since the 1920s and is located between Armenia, Turkey and Iran.
September’s offensive triggered the exodus of over 100,000 ethnic Armenians, who regarded Nagorno-Karabakh as part of their ancestral land. A hundred and six people found refuge in Areni.