Seierstad worked in Azerbaijan as Director of Norwegian Humanitarian
Enterprise (NHE) Normisjon from 2000-2003. Today, as Director
of the Danvik School of Media and Communication (Folk High
School) in Drammen, Norway, he continues to forge ties with Azerbaijan
by creating the circumstances for students to make study trips
in Azerbaijan to explore what he calls a "treasure trove
of culture, history, ethnic groups and languages". Of particular
interest to him are the Udins, a group of people who trace their
roots to the Caucasian Albanians of the region who were among
some of the earliest Christians in the world. Visit Danvik's
Web site:DANVIKFHS.no. Page 30.
days, there's so much talk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), a term for severe psychological consequences, especially
due to war. Though Zara Imayeva makes no claims of having studied
this syndrome clinically, she's convinced that many psychiatrists
and psychologists are getting it all wrong in their treatment
of children. "It's absolutely wrong to talk with children
about their experiences in war. Children's minds are ready to
replace negative emotions with positive ones," she says.
She should know. Zara, who survived the trauma of war in Chechnya,
now diverts the energy and imagination of children in dramatic
productions such as "Little Prince" by St. Exupery
at the Didi Art Therapy Studio in Baku.
Teacher and project coordinator
for the Caucasus Project at the Danvik
School of Media and Communications in Drammen, Norway, John
Gjertsen has made six trips to Azerbaijan since 2005. During
those 16 weeks that he spent exploring Baku and the countryside,
several weeks were spent backpacking and camping in the soaring
Caucasus mountains. His photos here provide a rare glimpse of
breath-taking beauty of the landscapes. On the last trip this
February 2007, students made four films. See Page 30. Contact
John Gjertsen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Skinner soon hopes to be
on his way to Azerbaijan to study the phenomenon of mud volcanoes.
A geologist with the Astrogeology Research Team of the U.S. Geological
Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona, he specializes in terrestrial,
Martian, and lunar geologic studies.
Skinner is hoping that understanding the nature of mud volcanoes
on earth will provide insight into his scientific research with
NASA to determine what may be a similar phenomenon or process
on Mars. Page 38 / 46.
Azerbaijan International has
been published quarterly since 1993, but the issue that coincides
with the Caspian Oil & Gas issue each June always requires
a much heavier workload due to the meticulous attention we have
to spend gathering information for our directories featuring
the embassies and our international advertisers. Thanks to Shafa
Karimova of Azerbaijan International's editorial staff for her
persistent watchful eye. We couldn't have done this issue without
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