Life re­turns to Jo­jug Mar­janli

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Jo­jug Mar­janli vil­lage, fully lib­er­ated from the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion last year, seems to be ready to wel­come na­tive in­hab­i­tants.

The vil­lage, that was ru­ined by the en­emy in the past, has been re­built in a short time and is pre­pared to give a start to its sec­ond life.

Jo­jug Mar­janli was fully lib­er­ated from the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion in April 2016, when Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces pre­vented an Ar­me­nian provo­ca­tion on the con­tact line. To pro­tect civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, the Azer­bai­jani army launched counter at­tacks and as a re­sult, the Azer­bai­jani troops re­took hills around the vil­lage of Tal­ish, as well as Sey­su­lan set­tle­ment, and also took over Leletepe hill lo­cated in the di­rec­tion of Fizuli re­gion.

In late Jan­uary 2017, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev or­dered to re­store Jo­jug Mar­janli. Un­der the or­der, 4 mil­lion man­ats was al­lo­cated for the con­struc­tion of 50 pri­vate houses, a school build­ing and rel­e­vant in­fra­struc­ture at the first stage.

Now the con­struc­tion work in Jo­jug Mar­janli is com­pleted. Twenty of the 50 houses are two-room, 25 are three room and five are four­room houses. The vil­lage is pro­vided with water, gas, phone lines, reser­voir of 100 cu­bic me­ters; light­ing sys­tem is set up in the streets.

In­hab­i­tants of Jo­jug Mar­janli, who had to leave the vil­lage in early 1990s, are now happy to come back to their na­tive land.

“24 years ago I left my na­tive vil­lage. Fi­nally, the end of this sep­a­ra­tion has come,” the vil­lage res­i­dent Gulizar Safirkhanova said to Az­ertag re­porter. “Although the set­tle­ment has not yet been put into op­er­a­tion, we couldn’t wait and came from here Baku.”

Re­porters also vis­ited Khaziyevs – the only family that lived in Jo­jug Mar­janli dur­ing these two decades.

“More than 23 years we alone have lived here. I have al­ways dreamed that our res­i­dents, rel­a­tives and neigh­bors would come back. Thank God, my dream has come true,” says 80-year-old Mi­nara.

Jo­jug Mar­janli now has a school for 96 pupils, which is equipped with nec­es­sary equip­ment, heat­ing sys­tem and In­ter­net. More­over, vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball courts were con­structed in the yard and land­scap­ing work was car­ried out.

Eighth grade stu­dent Azad Mirza­liyev, who lives in the neigh­bor­ing Gaza­khlar vil­lage of Fizuli re­gion, says that ev­ery day he comes to Jo­jug Mar­janli where his fa­ther’s house is lo­cated and looks for­ward to the day when he will go to the newly built school.

In ad­di­tion, a mosque iden­ti­cal to the Shusha mosque was built in Jo­jug Mar­janli. The con­struc­tion fore­man Is­mayil Agabayov told re­porters that ev­ery builder of the mosque worked with great en­thu­si­asm and the con­struc­tion was com­pleted on time.

“Our big­gest dream is the lib­er­a­tion of all our lands and restora­tion of mosques in Ag­dam, Shusha and our other ci­ties and vil­lages,” Agabayov said.

Lib­er­a­tion of Leletepe height last April al­lowed to sow hun­dreds of hectares near the front­line. Now Jo­jug Mar­janli res­i­dents can do farm­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“Pre­vi­ously, these ar­eas were very dan­ger­ous, but af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of Leletepe height we can safely work in farm­ing,” says vil­lager Arif Khaziev.

The Azer­bai­ja­nis have long awaited the re­turn to their homes in na­tive lands oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­ni­ans, and now we can con­fi­dently say that the Great Re­turn to Nagorno-Karabakh has be­gun with Jo­jug Mar­janli.

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