The baton has been passed in Armenia, and now we have two colleagues taking over the process of the deployment of essential humanitarian digital infrastructure to support access to vital information and provide critical services for the refugees who fled Nagorno-Karabakh in late September.
According to UNHCR data, between 24 September and 4 October 2023, over 100,000 refugees, including 30,000 children, have arrived in the country, constituting approximately 3% of Armenia's population.
The vulnerable population, especially women, children, the elderly, and those with disabilities, face immense challenges and require urgent support. Over half of them are women and girls. It is crucial to ensure their access to essential services, including counseling, medical assistance, and protection.
With winter approaching, we must focus on providing adequate assistance to cope with harsh weather conditions, especially for the most vulnerable. It is essential to support both refugees and local communities during this challenging time.
Our team is working tirelessly to collaborate with local organizations, the government, and international partners to respond effectively and bring hope and assistance where it is needed most.
Wishing our colleagues abroad Ana Cojocaru (Assistant Director for Peace and Protection) and Costel Bercuș (Director of Civic Infrastructure) the brightest of luck as they step into their roles in advancing humanitarian efforts in Armenia, supporting refugees and vulnerable populations.