Several people wait for free bread outside a bakery in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan. In the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the Caucasus deep in the south of the former Soviet Union, the situation is coming to a threatening head. Since December 2022, Azerbaijan, to which the region belongs under international law, has blocked the Karabakh Armenians’ lifeline to the nearby motherland Armenia. Armenians in the internationally unrecognized entity fear starvation. Estimates range from 100,000 to 120,000 people.
A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: In addition to the immediate humanitarian concern caused by an inhumane blockade, important historical, cultural and religious-freedom issues are at stake.