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Photos: The Land of Love - Life of Nomads at Chaldoron


Photos by Azin Haghighi, Mehr News Agency

Following photos show the life of the nomads in Chaldoron, Northwestern Iran. Due to its mild climate and green grazing fields, every year Chaldoran is host to nomads and their animals.

Nomadic people are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. There are an estimated 30-40 million nomads in the world. Many cultures have traditionally been nomadic, but traditional nomadic behavior is increasingly rare in industrialized countries.

In 1514 the Ottoman forces of Selim the Grim devastatingly defeated Safavid Shah Ismail's formerly invincible Persian-Azari army at Chaldoran. Of 27,000 Iranian soldiers a phenomenal 26,000 died, cut down by Selim's newfangled secret weapon, the cannon. The pivotal battle was followed by a scorched-earth policy that devastated agricultural settlements across much of west Azarbaijan and Kordestan, leaving the emptied land to grazing nomads for centuries to come. (source:



Mount Ararat in the background


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