November 4, 2020, Vayots Dzor, Armenia

UNICEF Consultant on Digital Governance Zhanna Ulikhanyan talks with one of the children that fled from Nagorno-Karabakh with his family.

From the onset of the military escalation in Nagorno Karabakh, UNICEF has been providing support to children and families affected by the conflict. In response to the findings of a joint needs assessment carried out together with UN sister agencies in 10 priority communities identified by the government, UNICEF provided hygiene kits to 1500 families from Nagorno Karabakh in Jermuk and Yerevan and 300 sets of bed linen and is preparing to distribute another 3000 kits later this week in Goris, Sisian and Kapan communities.

The recent escalation of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh left nearly 39,000 children out of school. The trauma caused by displacement, a sense of loss, and uncertainty about the future, has affected children in multiple ways. UNICEF supports children affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through education, psychosocial services and trauma-informed teaching during COVID-19.

From early October, UNICEF has partnered with Armenian civil society organizations to provide individual and group psychosocial support to children. Involving psychologists, social workers, as well as teachers in affected communities, the focus has been on welcoming children back to school. More than 1,100 children and their caregivers have already been supported by UNICEF, in partnership with Parenting School (a parenting, educational, psychosocial support center); the Armenian Association of Child and Educational Psychologists (AACEP); the Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW); and Arevamanuk Psychosocial Support Foundation.