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The ICRC in Armenia

In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on helping missing persons and their families, mine victims and the communities living along the international border with Azerbaijan. The organization also visits detainees held for conflict related or security reasons, and detainees who are otherwise vulnerable. Read full overview.

Facts and Figures

During 2012, the ICRC:

  • repaired irrigation networks in the remote villages of Dovegh and Chinary, allowing their inhabitants to gradually increase their agricultural production;
  • repaired drinking water networks in Berkaber, Aygepar and Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur villages;
  • provided wheat seed, potato seed and fruit trees for 1,035 families in Chinary, Berkaber, Aygepar and Nerkir Karmir Aghbyur villages;
  • worked with the Armenian Red Cross to collect information on 59 victims of mines/ERW from Tavush, Gegharkunik, Syunik, Vayots Dzor and Ararat regions, and from Yerevan;
  • worked with ICRC-trained local partners to run 11 focus group meetings, 10 support group sessions, and 20 thematic and information sessions for 247 relatives of missing persons, while 82 people requiring extra help benefited from individual support provided by the ICRC’s partners;
  • held a series of workshops and round table discussions for 52 young relatives of missing persons from across the country on 30 August the International Day of the Disappeared;
  • improved housing conditions for 33 families from the regions of Tavush, Armavir, Shirak, Gegharkunik, Syunik and Lori;
  • provided financial support and vocational training for 27 families, and paid the interest on loans taken out by five families from local micro-finance NGOs with which the ICRC has cooperation agreements to run small businesses;
  • visited two prisoners of war and one civilian internee held in relation to the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and 15 detainees in five detention facilities;
  • facilitated the repatriation of a civilian internee from Armenia to Azerbaijan;
  • participated in the practical part of a military exercise run by the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Armenia in September, simulating the work of the ICRC in conflict-affected areas;
  • held an international conference for graduate students and assistant professors from CIS countries, Poland and Iran, on the means and methods of warfare and contemporary challenges in the field of IHL.

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