“I volunteered for the battalion responsible for the defense of Lachin. We would never have thought that we could lose the city. When on May 4 and 5 Lachin was shelled for the first time from "Grad" s, 17 people were killed. The panic began. On May 8, we took the children out. And when the military equipment was withdrawn from Lachin, we were left empty-handed and could do nothing.”
After the ceasefire was announced in 1994, Elkhan Askerov and his family, along with thousands of other internally displaced persons, began to wander from place to place.
“From Lachin we came to Imishli. My father worked in a meat factory, it was an important position, so he had many friends in different cities. For two months in Imishli we lived with his friend. Then 8 months in Beylagan. Then we came to Baku and settled in this abandoned kindergarten. And we've been here for 23 years."