The Unusual Child
02.06.2019 - 17.10.2020

1 year old baby

Suffering a bitter defeat on the battlefields of the 44-day-long Patriotic War ever since it started on 27 September, Armenians resorted to provocations.

They carried missile and rocket strikes on cities and villages of Azerbaijan, killing peaceful population far away from the frontline.

According to the General Prosecutor's Office, 93 non-combatants were killed and 454 wounded as a result of these Armenian missile and rocket strikes as of 16 November 2020.

There were also kids among these casualties.

During the war, Armenian criminals launched several artillery strikes on Azerbaijan's second-largest city of Ganja, which sits far away from the frontline. The heaviest strike was launched on 17 October 2020. As rockets ripped through Javadkhan settlement in the center of Ganja at about 01:00 AM, 15 civilians were killed and 55 wounded. Among the casualties were 6 men, 4 women, and 6 little kids.

One of the victims was Madina Shahnazarli, a year and four months old baby. Her mother and father died alongside her. Her elder sister Khadija survived and was recovered from under the rubble.

Madina was born on 2 June 2019 in Ganja.

Two days before the tragedy, her father brought the family to Ganja...
Madina Royal Shahnazarli
Madina's uncle Khayal Shahnazarov says that his brother would not leave his house no matter what:

"My brother was the youngest child and so he lived in our parents' house with his wife and two children. When a rocket hit Azerittfaq building four days before the tragedy, I sent my mother and children away to Baku. My brother, on the other hand, sent his family to his father-in-law's house in the countryside but remained in Ganja.

No matter how many times I told him to leave, he refused, saying: Am I better than shahids?! if I die, I die at home." Our mother suggested getting his wife to Baku, but he also refused: "She is in the village, nothing will happen to her." And then, two days before the tragedy, he went to the village and brought his wife back to Ganja."

"I came up and saw..."
Kh. Shahnazarov recollects:

It was one or two o'clock in the morning; I was having my friend over at my place when we heard shouts outside. I started reciting the Shahada, thinking it was a rocket shelling and one of these rockets may hit our house. The voices outside rose to a shriek; I tried to call my brother's mobile, but he did not answer. Then I called his wife, but her mobile phone was off for some reason. I said to my friend: what if our parents' house was hit by a rocket. For I am calling them, but none is answering.

After some time, my childhood friend called me on the phone and asked who is living in our house. I said it was my brother and his family. I asked him: was our house hit? Do not worry, he responded. It hit a sports school, but you do come here. And we hurried there. We could not see anything on the spot; there was hazy smoke everywhere. I came up and saw the bloody remains of my brother and his wife. The emergency response team was on site, collecting them."

"Madina was trying to protect her elder sister"
Madina's uncle says he forgot to congratulate the baby on her first birthday.

"Our entire family, including the children, was enthusiastically preparing for Madina's birthday. But I totally forgot the date. My brother called me in the evening and said: we were waiting for you, why didn't you come over? I apologized and said I had some business to attend to and I totally forgot about it. So we went to celebrate her birthday on the next day.

Madina was but an infant; she was shying away from the guests at first, but soon got used to them and played joyfully. She was a very interesting child. She did not like crying; her elder sister Khadija cried more than she did. If the elder sister was bullied by other children, Madina was doing her best to defend her. Bullies would ran away from Madina. She was an unusual kid..."

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