In the midst of the crisis, UNICEF stands with Armenia's children
Our primary concern is the well-being of these children and their families
Following the escalation of hostilities, over 100,000 individuals, including an estimated 30,000 children, have been displaced into Armenia. In the face of this crisis, UNICEF's primary concern is the well-being of these children and their families, as they grapple with the challenges of such rapid displacement.
This crisis follows months of worsening conditions for children and families in the area. Many of these children, now seeking refuge in Armenia, require urgent access to psychosocial support, healthcare, and protection services.
In response, UNICEF is supporting the Government of Armenia and 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.
In the southeastern town of Goris, UNICEF has established a safe space that serves nearly 300 children daily, along with their parents. It's a place where children can play, mothers can breastfeed, and pediatric support is at hand for acute concerns. Similar spaces will be established in other communities.
We've also supplied health authorities with vital medicines and resources for children, ensuring they reach healthcare facilities in areas with high numbers of displaced populations. Hygiene is a priority, with 15 mobile bio-toilets set up near registration centers in Goris and Vayk.
Family hygiene kits have been delivered to hundreds of registered families at the newly established coordination center in Yerevan, with more supplies on the way to assist displaced children and families.
As uncertainty looms and families face potential long-term displacement, UNICEF is ready to collaborate with the Armenian government to ensure refugee children are enrolled in the national education system, have access to child protection services, and receive primary healthcare, as well as mental health and psychosocial support.
What these children need now, more than ever, is peace and stability.
We urge all parties involved and those with influence over them to prioritize the safety and survival of children above all else.