Children in the Armenian village of Aygepar live with the sounds of bullets.
They were born on the frontlines of the 31-year conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The village is in a valley just 250 meters from the Azerbaijani border. Two Azerbaijani bases overlook Aygepar. The residents of the tiny community say shootings used to occur regularly, but they have become less frequent over the past two years.
The shooting is so close, in fact, the school and kindergarten were once prime targets. But thanks to a crowdfunding project, a wall now protects the school. The wall was meant as a guarantee of security – the safety to go to school without fear of a stray bullet. But for the children, it has become a source of endless possibilities: a backdrop for Christmas lights, a canvas for drawings and a stage for countless games.
Photographer Avetis Avetisyan spent a day in Aygepar, documenting how the village raises its children under the constant threat of gunfire.