Azerbaijan: Activity highlights for January–June 2023
We also worked hard to raise awareness of the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnance and our teams delivered messages on potential risk and safer behaviour to more than 4,800 people exposed to contaminated areas. Around 1,500 mine warning signs were donated to the Azerbaijan National Mine Action Agency to support the marking of mined areas.
The ICRC continued close cooperation with authorities concerned to support their efforts aimed at clarifying the fate of people who went missing in relation to the conflict. Between January and June 2023, we supported exhumation work in three sites by providing technical expertise and donating various items. Almost 1,000 families of missing people were contacted and provided with referrals for health, legal, administrative, psychosocial and other issues.
As the guardian of international humanitarian law (IHL), we engaged in dialogue with the authorities to promote respect for it. More than 700 officers and cadets of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, hundreds of legal and government officials, and several instructors and students participated in IHL seminars and training sessions that we jointly organized with our partners.
We also continued to partner with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRCS). Several AzRCS volunteers working in conflict-affected communities benefited from a series of training sessions on potential risks and safer behaviour and from the "Book about me", a tool designed to better cope with conflict-related stress and trauma.
Below are some highlights of our activities:
• 4,839 people benefited from risk and safer behaviour sessions and Forum theatre performances, raising their awareness to mine risks and weapon contamination and building resilience.
• 4,068 people living in conflict-affected communities benefited from various livelihood projects.
• 2,901 people benefited from consultations at primary health centres and received routine vaccinations at the three primary health care centers rehabilitated by ICRC.
• 996 families of missing people were contacted and provided with 91 referrals for health, legal and administrative issues as well as psychosocial support.
• 946 psychological support sessions were conducted by ICRC psychologists for children and adults.