The inhabitants of Nagorno-Karabakh have suffered from the dangerous legacy of war for over two decades. The Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988 - 1994) took place between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan, over the landlocked mountainous region, a dispute that remains unresolved to this day. Now, landmines and unexploded ordnance left over from the conflict continue to contaminate the land, putting lives at risk and crippling the region’s economy.
Dedicated to clearing landmines across the world, The HALO Trust has been operating in Nagorno Karabakh since 2000. In 2015, HALO employed its first female de-mining team; there are now 11 women, with more undergoing training this year. Defying traditional gender roles, these women are able to provide for their families as well as making a tangible difference in their communities.