It is more than 20 years since a ceasefire formally ended fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. But the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have regularly traded accusations of violence around the territory and on their common border.
This means villagers in the Caucasian enclave - recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians - cannot get back to their old peace-time existence any more than they can stay on a perpetual war footing.
Instead they are stuck in a no-man's land, as conflict sputters on around them.
My report for Thomson Reuters Foundation.