Two and a half minutes in the elevator and 235 m below the surface of the ground opens up a landscape of salt. With uneven relief and repeating arches the long corridor leads to an underground cave, where the relation with the world above is cut from the first moments. The underground sanatorium - the Republican Speleological Therapeutic Center - is located in the Salt mine of Yerevan’s Avan region and has operated since 1987.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the longest war in the South Caucasus, with alternating phases of relative peace and escalation, including not only the Artsakh–Azerbaijan border, but also the administrative district of the Republic of Armenia.
When she got married she was still 18. The marriage was an escape from a difficult life. Her future husband had just returned Russia, from an outgoing work. Though he was much older than she, she thought she would get married, have children, she will struggle and live well. “It was really good at first; my husband treated me very well, his mother, father respected me,” the woman recounts. “But when I was four months pregnant, one day he came home drunk and hit me.