Mattia Vacca wins the Lugano Photo Days Prize 2018

September 4, 2018

Congratulations to Mattia Vacca, winner of the 2018 edition of Lugano Photo Days with his reportage The forgotten war of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The project will be exhibited during the Festival on October 2018.

“All men and women of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are part of the army, but we can not say how many soldiers are now operative over the frontline” explains an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stepanakert. 

Soldiers are engaged in defending their positions over the frontline, although in May 1994 an official ceasefire was also signed by Armenia and negotiations are taking place in Moscow. The ceasefire is regularly broken with casualties on both sides. Few days ago one of the Artsakh young soldiers was injured and transferred to Yerevan’s hospital where his life is still in on risk.

The conflict started in 1988 and escalated into full-scale war when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Armenians went to war with Azerbaijan, with backing from Armenia. The conflict left 65,000 ethnic Armenians and 40,000 ethnic Azeris displaced.

That forgotten war seems to be still not finished today. 

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