21 February 2024

Refugee journeys: Families share their experiences of displacement after fleeing to Armenia

In September 2023 an escalation in hostilities resulted in more than 30,000 children and their families fleeing to Armenia. In the months that followed they reflect on their experiences while trying to rebuild their lives., Armine has created a new homeland, Armine and her family have settled in Vanadzor but remember vividly their journey to safety. Armine and her family have settled in Vanadzor but remember vividly their journey to safety. “We spent two days in the basement, followed by two to three days here and there, unable to return home. [Eventually] we began our escape. It was September 25, my…, Evelina spent three days in three different cars, Evelina, her three children—10-year-old Eva, eight-year-old Elena, and three-year-old Hrachik—and her mother-in-law, have settled in the city of Ijevan in northern Armenia. Evelina's husband, Arthur, had already passed away. Without a car of their own, their journey to Armenia was challenging.    Evelina, her three children—10-year-old Eva, eight-…, Vazgen fell silent amid the tragedy, “I embarked on the journey with my wife, four children, and mother-in-law. My car broke down on the way. We found ourselves stranded in the middle of the road, surrounded by darkness and rain.” Gurgen explains. The family managed to find space in other cars so they could continue their journey. Gurgen embarked on the journey with my wife, four…, Building back, In response to the crisis, from September to December 2023, UNICEF provided critical humanitarian support to families and communities who have had to flee to Armenia. As people arrived in Armenia, they were given essential supplies including hygiene kits, food packages, clothing vouchers and warm blankets and bedding. UNICEF and partners worked to…
02 October 2023

Children and families take refuge in Armenia

Since the end of September, more than 100,000 ethnic Armenians, including 30,000 children have sought refuge in Armenia, leaving behind their homes, schools and everything familiar to them. Children bear the heaviest toll of humanitarian crises. Access to services including psychosocial support, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene…, In the midst of the crisis, UNICEF stands with Armenia's children, UNICEF is gearing up to offer psychological first aid, psychosocial support, child protection case management, clothing vouchers, and mobilizing pediatric units to meet the urgent needs of children and families., Tips and guidance for children and adolescents, parents and caregivers, and professionals, UNICEF has developed guidance and resources to support children, adolescents and young people, parents and caregivers, and professionals working with children to manage stress, address emotional challenges, and ensure the well-being, safety, and development of children during and after conflict and other emergencies.  >> For Children >…, Latest updates and stories, UNICEF continues to deliver emergency supplies & services to meet the urgent needs of #refugee children & families. The needs are pressing. Your assistance can bring critical relief to those in distress. Please donate - Every donation counts! pic.twitter.com/4maBBF54ut — UNICEF Armenia (@unicefarmenia) February 25, 2024   Anna is one of…, Humanitarian Situation Reports, Situation reports are the main reporting tool to monitor UNICEF’s humanitarian response. They provide an update on the situation and needs of ethnic Armenian refugee children fled to Armenia, as well as information on UNICEF’s response and funding requirements. UNICEF Focal point in Syunik, Heghine Ghukasyan is playing with refugee children in the…, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1 , An ethnic Armenian refugee girl is playing in the children's corner established in Goris by UNICEF. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Martirosyan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2, A mother and the child waiting at the Humanitarian Centre in Kornidzor. UNICEF Armenia/Zelya, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 3, Oksana and Ashot, now living in Tegh community, received education supplies from UNICEF in October 2023. UNICEF Armenia/20232/Martirosyan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 4, Gor, 11, assembling his clarinet that he brought with him to Armenia as his family was fleeing UNICEF Armenia/2023/Martirosyan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 5, Melanya lost her first husband to the military escalation in 2020 and her second husband to the explosion at a fuel storage this September before fleeing to Armenia with her children. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Biayna Mahari, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 6, UNICEF delivered humanitarian supplies for refugee children and their families in Abovyan town. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Sahakyan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 7, – Members of the Human Rights Defender’s Public Council on Children's and Youth Rights advocated for refugee children and families at the cabinet session. Government of Armenia, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 8, Daniel, who had to flee to Armenia at the end of December. has made an incredible progress with the help of UNICEF-supported rehabilitation therapists. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Beryozkin, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 9, Social worker Zarine visits the Sahakyan family, who found refuge in Abovyan town, Armenia, following an escalation of hostilities in their home communities. Thanks to Zarine's assistance, 9-year-old Noy has resumed attending school in Armenia, slowly overcoming the anxiety and the fear of being away of mom. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Galstyan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 10, Refugee children setlled in temporary shelter in Goris. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Biayna Mahari, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 11, Refugee mother and child are shopping warm clothes with clothing vouchers. UNICEF Armenia/2023/Ghazaryan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 12, Meet Anna, 26, who fled to Armenia last September. Accompanied by her elder son, she's shopping for essentials to welcome her second baby, using a pharmacy card provided by UNICEF. UNICEF Armenia/2024/Ghazaryan, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 13, Adolescents at a therapy session UNICEF Armenia/2024/Mahari, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 14, Edita brought her children to a clinic in Solak village, where mobile units deployed by UNICEF visited to assess the health of refugee children in the community. UNICEF Armenia/2024/Biayna Mahari, Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 15