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Azerbaijan: Families Face Hardships in Sumgayit

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Tarana Amiraslanova, the wife of an unemployed construction worker, lives in the shantytown near the former compressor factory.

Poor families of builders and former factory workers live in the shacks of this neighborhood of Sumgayit. Most people here are unemployed due to the drastic reduction of construction projects between Sumgayit and Baku. The homes are not equipped with running water, gas or toilets.

Most construction projects in Azerbaijan have been stalled in the past few months and opportunities are scarce for workers, who used to travel to the suburbs of Baku to find jobs.

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Rena Effendi is a freelance photojournalist based in Baku.

Azerbaijan: Families Face Hardships in Sumgayit

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