Azerbaijan International

Winter 2001 (9.4)
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Personal Experiences - These Past Ten Years

Leyla NovruzovaLeyla Novruzova
I think the hardest thing has been losing the sense of belonging to a "Great Power". Suddenly, we went from being citizens of a huge country to being citizens of a small, independent Republic that was hardly known in the world. Foreigners could hardly even pronounce its name. We ourselves have had to work hard to announce our existence to the world.

I think it's important to tell my grandchildren that the role of these ten years cannot be underestimated in terms of the development of our nation. In the future, when we have a well-developed, stable society, I'll teach them to value this stability because we went through such a volcanic transitional period, when we didn't know what to expect from tomorrow.

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