Shakiba witnessed the massacre of Khojali. She lost her husband and many relatives during that night. Many members of her family are still missing to this day. She says that she saw such terrible things that her mind refuses to remember them. She says that the Armenian soldiers acted with unspeakable barbarity against innocent civilians. Her husband, Novruzov Alasgar Khanlar Oglu, who died fighting the Armenians, is considered a national hero, who killed many enemy soldiers before he himself fell victim to the war.