10/2023 ZEIT

Exodus in the Caucasus


Over one hundred thousand Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh in the space of a single week, leaving the mountainous enclave virtually empty.

The exodus, fulled by fears of violence and repressions, started after Azerbaijan staged a bloody, lightning offensive to retake the territory. Armenians have decried it as ethnic cleansing.

Refugees arrived to the Armenian town of Goris, bringing with them whatever they could carry, after a gruelling journey trapped for several days in the long queue of cars that formed along the Lachin corridor, the single route out to Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh.