A new married couple enters the restaurant to celebrate, downton Stepanakert. With a population of 140.000, the majority being Armenians, Nagorno Karabakh Republic aims to achieve political and economical stability. One of the Gouvernament's program targets to stimulate marriage and birth, every new formed family receives cash payments for each baby born, with the aim of repopulating the region after the devastating 1991-1994 war. The high unemployment rate, low salaries and the lack of opportunities for the youngsters make the unrecognized republic to be a hard place to live. Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 20 September 2008.

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birth  conflict  couple  marriage  nagorno-karabakh  political instability  poverty  stepanakert  unrecognized state  war

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Nagorno Karabakh