Today, in observance of World Refugee Day 2014, The Telegraph has published an interview and image gallery on Ed Kashi’s (VII) photo series, “Unresolved Dreams: Azerbaijan’s Refugees and IDPs.” Originally shot for The European Azerbaijan Society in 2013, Kashi was tasked with telling the stories of people who have been displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“It was one of those stories that even as a journalist I had completely forgotten about,” Kashi is quoted during the intervew, “[The Nagorno-Karabhakh] conflict was possibly one of the first separatist moves in the break up of the Soviet Union where Russia put its weight and influence behind a country, in that case Armenia. It created a significant refugee and IDP situation. I hadn’t known how large it was, I think nearly one in eight people in Azerbaijan are in some way displaced.”
Kashi continues, “In some cases [these communities] are settlements along the sides of roads; scattered, like rural villages in the middle of nowhere. But as we found out, these people had been there for 20 years or more, some of them living in dugouts below the ground.”
“Unresolved Dreams” is also currently exhibiting at Gallery Joseph in Paris. Follow @telegraphtelephoto today on Instagram to see images from Ed Kashi’s #telephototakeover, highlighting the plight of refugees and IDPs worldwide with images he has taken over the past 20 years.