Armenia Navigates Influx of Displaced Individuals Amidst Nagorno Karabakh Crisis
As of September 26, the Armenian government has reported a significant influx of forcibly displaced persons, with the number reaching a staggering 28,120 individuals. The authorities have completed the registration process for 20,800 of these individuals, thus ensuring they are accounted for, while the needs assessment for the remaining 7,320 is still underway.
Despite the logistical challenges brought about by the escalating crisis in Nagorno Karabakh, the Armenian government has pledged to provide accommodation for all those in need. To date, 3,253 individuals have received accommodation upon request, while the rest have indicated that they have found places to stay.
Distribution of Displaced Persons Across the Country
The Armenian government has facilitated the distribution of housed individuals across the country to manage the sudden influx efficiently. So far, 1,305 individuals have been housed in Syunik, 700 in Vayots Dzor, 833 in Gegharkunik, 268 in Tavush, and 147 in Armavir.
The Armenian government is taking strategic steps to ensure that all displaced individuals receive the necessary support. The main priority is the efficient registration of these individuals and the continuous assessment of their needs. In addition, the government is providing accommodation for those who request it, with displaced persons being housed in various regions around the country. Despite the ongoing needs assessment for some, the government remains committed to providing for all displaced individuals entering the country amidst this crisis.
The influx of displaced persons into Armenia has drawn international attention, with calls for their rights to be protected. Various international figures have underscored the urgency of ensuring no further hostilities, the provision of unconditional protections and freedom of movement for civilians, and unhindered humanitarian access to Nagorno Karabakh. The US and the European Union have both committed to providing monetary aid to the region, affirming their support for Armenia’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and democracy.
The Humanitarian Situation in Nagorno Karabakh
The escalating crisis in Nagorno Karabakh has led to a significant humanitarian crisis, with reports of malnutrition among the displaced population. The blockade in the region since December 2022 has exacerbated the situation, preventing the import of food, fuel, and medicine and prompting fears of starvation among residents. The recent offensive in the region has sparked a mass evacuation, with an estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenians beginning to flee the region.
The situation in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh remains critical, with the Armenian government and various international entities grappling with the escalating humanitarian crisis. The primary focus now is on ensuring the rights, safety, and well-being of the displaced individuals while striving for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
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