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08/29/2021 Nagorno-Karabakh (International Christian Concern) –  Since August 7, parts of Stepanakert of Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh) have faced critical water shortages. In a video statement regarding the Armenia-Azerbaijan border demarcations, Azeri President Aliyev commented “we are standing where we need to stand, and those who are getting upset, let them drink some water.”

Artsakh relies on the Kelbajar region, one of the seven territories conceded to Azerbaijan, for nearly 85-percent of its drinking water supply. In a crude and merciless comment, Aliyev made a jab at the harsh living conditions that Armenian Christians are now facing, made worse by restrictions of water flow.

City water reserves have run dry, with two major rivers running into Stepanakert reduced by half and another running dry. The situation is exacerbated by extremely high temperatures, low rainfall, and a sharp increase in water usage as thousands fled into Stepanakert during the war. Reportedly the city has experienced a 30% increase in population since September 2020.

Though the war officially ended many months ago, Armenian Christians continue to suffer under inhumane living conditions, while also coping with the mental aspects of war and being forced to flee their homes.

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