Alim (left) and Sadik (right) are Kurdish refugees from Lachin and Kelbajar, areas of the former Soviet Azerbaijan republic, which used to be called “Red Kurdistan.” They stand after lessons in their rundown school on a day when only three students came, due to the cold - the school has no windows. The Kurdish population fled their villages when Armenian forces conquered the area. The majority of Kurds now live in Lachin Winter Grounds, an area of Azerbaijan with little water and difficult soil.

Heidi Bradner/Alexia Foundation

Alim (left) and Sadik (right) are Kurdish refugees from Lachin and Kelbajar, areas of the former Soviet Azerbaijan republic, which used to be called “Red Kurdistan.” They stand after lessons in their rundown school on a day when only three students came, due to the cold - the school has no windows. The Kurdish population fled their villages when Armenian forces conquered the area. The majority of Kurds now live in Lachin Winter Grounds, an area of Azerbaijan with little water and difficult soil.

Heidi Bradner/Alexia Foundation