The ICRC has been working in Armenia since 1992, assisting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We prioritize the needs of missing people and their families, support mine victims, and help communities living along the border with Azerbaijan. We visit detainees held for conflict-related or security reasons or who are otherwise vulnerable, and help them establish and maintain contact with their families. We also promote the dissemination and implementation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) among national authorities, academics and military personnel. Our key partner is the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), with whom we coordinate our activities.

In September 2023, tens of thousands of people moved to Armenia, leaving their homes and livelihoods behind. Many had lost contact with their loved ones. Our teams are working on the ground jointly with the ARCS to locate and reconnect family members in the region, help to evacuate those in need of medical care and other vulnerable people to Armenia, and to transport, at the request of their families, the bodies of those killed, so that they can have the closure and dignified burials.

Latest Update
In numbers

January - December 2023

  • Over 8800
    calls and individual visits were received from families of the missing.
  • 7,337 individuals
    were targeted by two different cash programs implemented during November and December in partnership with the ARCS.
  • 214,769 kg of wheat seeds
    were distributed in Syunik and Gegharkunik regions covering 355 households.
  • Around 2300 raspberry seedlings
    were distributed to 14 selected households in Bardzravan village, Syunik region.
  • 192 staff members
    of the ambulance and emergency services from Syunik region were trained in the ICRC-WHO Basic Emergency Care course conducted by the ICRC.
  • Around 1600
    oral, video, and written Red Cross messages were shared with the families of those detained in relation to the conflict escalations.
  • 974 persons
    in 25 communities of Syunik, Vayots Dzor, and Tavush regions, including health professionals and teachers, were trained in basic first aid by the ARCS First Aid Department with ICRC support.
  • 1 school
    in Chambarak town, Gegharkunik region improved access to clean water and sanitary-hygiene conditions.
  • 600 copies
    of the educational handbook on mine risk awareness and safer behavior (RASB) and 100 copies of posters were printed for distribution in communities, in the scope of the project implemented by the ARCS in partnership with the ICRC.
  • 1,022 persons
    benefited from direct mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).