Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Off We Go


Several months ago I got my Peace Corps invitation. I was hoping for Africa, afraid to get freezing eastern Europe and love what I ended up with. I am going to the Republic of Azerbaijan. To be honest I did not even know where it was when I first heard of it. Turns out is is a secular Muslim country located on the Caspian sea. (the lighttan/cream colored one) They are surrounded by Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. The only place in the country that seems volatile is the
Armenia /Azerbaijan border. They have been fighting for some time over an alcove of land outside Azerbaijan. I will be leaving June 24th and will gone for the next 2 years and 3months. I am excited but nervous as hell.
Well I don't really have much to say, just thought I should start with something. So far I am still just going through the grind of trying to get there. Paper work and studying. I feel sadly like I am back in school. I will try to keep utd.
Mere

1 comment:

Emin said...

Hi Mere,the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is not over a land that is "outside" of Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijani lands, which includes Nagorno Karabakh, and seven surrounding regions some 15 years ago. More than 30,000 Azerbaijanis were brutally killed by Armenians, and currently, there are nearly one million Azerbaijani refugees driven out of their homes as a result of Armenian aggression. You can refer to the following link for more info:

http://www.zerbaijan.com/var/qarabagh.htm

Thanks,
Emin