UN Armenia support to people displaced from in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and affected communities in Armenia
Summary October to December 2020
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As a result of the heaviest fighting since the early 1990’s, approximately 90,000 people were displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to Armenia between 27 September and 9 November 2020, 88% of whom being women and children.
The UN in Armenia quickly mobilized a response and from early October began complementing Government humanitarian support provided by ten priority municipalities as well as the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to those displaced. The UN system put in place a structure with five thematic working groups under the overall lead of the Resident Coordinator’s Office and with support from UNHCR, to coordinate efforts of the UN and humanitarian partners, working closely with Government and municipal authorities. The UN Armenia country team discussed the UN’s support programme with Deputy Prime Minister Grigoryan and Foreign Minister Ayvazyan on 9 and 21 December respectively, noting the close partnership with the Government and the municipalities.
The UN together with its donor partners has provided support across a range of critical needs for those displaced and host communities:
Thousands of children and families from Nagorno-Karabakh in temporary shelters or host families in Armenia face a harsh winter. To help ease the financial burden on them, UNICEF provided 800 sets of warm blankets and bed linen and 4500 hygiene kits.
In partnership with several NGOs UNICEF provided individual and group psychosocial support to children affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 150 school psychologists and 900 teachers have participated in a month-long training sessions enhancing their psychological support skills.
UNICEF supports the continuity of education for children affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
To help displaced and local children adjust and progress in online education during COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR, together with partners Teach For Armenia and FAR-Children's Support Centre, has provided 20 tablets to the secondary school in Darbnik village of Ararat province which is hosting refugee and displaced families.
WFP distributes Take-Home Rations to support the food needs of children and their families.
The World Food Programme, in partnership with the Armenian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, started distributing a one-off food ration for 44,000 vulnerable people.
UNICEF will deliver 5000 boxes of food to families from Nagorno-Karabakh with children below 5 years old in Yeghegnadzor, Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Dilijan, and Vagharshapat communities.
FAO has launched an emergency assistance project to help the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict affected vulnerable groups in Armenia through provision of agricultural inputs such as feed for animals, equipment and materials for building temporary shelter for displaced farming livestock.
With the support of WHO, the Ministry of Health of Armenia and British Embassy five doctors and nurses have arrived in Armenia from the United Kingdom to support Armenian healthcare workers in managing severe COVID-19 patients.
UNDP Sustainable Communities project, funded by the Russian Federation, in partnership with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia, established “Ambar” Foundation with the aim to become a seed reserve logistic center to ensure food security of Chambarak community. As a result, in 2020 the foundation harvested 200 tons of potato and 39 tons of barley. The profit will go to the development of Chambarak community.
To date, 15 UN agencies, 32 international NGOs, 26 national NGOs, three intergovernmental organizations, three Government entities, and six international organizations operate in the coordination structure across the five thematic working groups to address the following needs: Shelter and Non-Food Items, Protection, Food Security and Nutrition, Health, as well as consider already Early Recovery. Three additional sub-working groups address Child Protection, Education, and Cash Assistance. The working groups are supported by an Information Management team, advisors on gender as well as on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).
Thanks to joint efforts of WFP, the Armenian Government and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, distribution of Take-Home Rations for 1st to 4th graders has started in Mesrop Mashtots primary school N 1 in Sevan Armenia.
To provide detailed and continuously updated information regarding the humanitarian response of UN agencies and partners, an Armenia Response Portal was developed with the support of UNHCR. The portal includes factsheets and figures, reports and assessments, and describes all the support provided by each of working groups.
UNICEF provided hygiene kits to 1500 families from Nagorno-Karabakh in Jermuk and Yerevan and 300 sets of bed linen.
The UN and partners are now working to build on these results with a new strategy that will also help development partners better identify gaps to support, complementing government and municipal programmes. “By mid-January, we will launch the Inter-Agency Response Plan to enhance our response to both the broader humanitarian consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis as well as early recovery needs for hosting communities, support to jobs and livelihoods and community resilience,” noted Mr. Sharp while summarizing the report.
1. UN releases US$2 million of emergency relief funding for the new Armenia Inter-Agency Response Plan, helping people displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and host communities in Armenia.
2. United Nations in Armenia and partners launch Armenia Inter-Agency Response Plan to support conflict-affected people from Nagorno-Karabakh.
3. Latest report on UN Armenia’s and partners’ support to the displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenia.
 Data received from the Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure on 8 December 2020.