Destroyed graves, exploded headstones
We stopped on a muddy road full of ruins, and they said to us, “This is the center of Fuzuli.” Almost everyone looked around in amazement. we were looking for a sign of life in this place we call a district, a city. Shortly afterwards, our new acquaintance Carlotta, from the New York Times asked me, “Were you also shocked by what you saw?”
It truly was a shocking sight. For a moment it seemed to me that this was a settlement that existed thousands of years ago and had now been discovered during excavations. However, just 27 years have passed since the occupation of Fuzli. Only 30 years ago, there was a city with a school, a kindergarten, a hospital, residential buildings, a mosque and a restaurant. No trace remains among the ruins.
Someone likened it to Chernobyl. No, it didn’t look like that. As I saw in a film, in abandoned Chernobyl there were still buildings, houses, even a swing in the park. In that case, Fuzuli had been murdered, and the ruined pile of stones did not resemble its previous appearance. It was impossible to know whether a building was a house or an office building.