Current Situation Fact Sheet
Overview: On September 19, 2023, Azerbaijan initiated a large-scale military offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), violating the 2020 ceasefire agreement. The conflict has resulted in hundreds of casualties, including children, and the establishment of Azerbaijani control over the region. This offensive followed Baku’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor on December 12, 2022, leaving 120,000 ethnic Armenian residents in NK without access to essential goods and services.
Displaced Population: As of October 2, 2023, more than 100,000 people from NK have been forcibly displaced and are currently being accommodated in various regions of Armenia, with around 33% being children.
Dissolution of NK: NK’s president signed a decree on September 28, 2023, to dissolve all state institutions and organizations under NK administrative jurisdiction by January 1, 2024, effectively ending the existence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Humanitarian Concerns: The situation has prompted international humanitarian concern. The head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, noted that many displaced individuals are in immediate need of assistance. Senior US official Samantha Power has warned of malnutrition among ethnic Armenians and the necessity of addressing their immediate needs.
Mission Armenia’s Response: Mission Armenia NGO has activated all its staff to provide aid to the forcibly displaced population. They work closely with local authorities through regional offices.
Services Provided: Mission Armenia offers a range of services for displaced individuals:
- Day-care Centers: These centers provide nutrition services, leisure activities, psycho-social support, legal counseling, and other essential services.
- Home Care Services: This includes psycho-social support, household services, and arranging medical assistance.
- 24/7 Care Centers: These centers provide residence and personal hygiene assistance, psycho-social support, nutrition services, and healthcare services.
- Child-Friendly Spaces: These spaces offer psycho-social support, educational services, rehabilitation courses, and training for children and their parents.
Collaboration and Needs Assessment: Mission Armenia collaborates with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to conduct needs assessments and identify vulnerabilities for further programming.
Ongoing Support: Despite limited resources, Mission Armenia continues to assist forcibly displaced individuals through negotiations with various stakeholders, organizations, and partners.