19 October, 2023
HALO staff and their families have now arrived safely in Armenia after leaving Nagorno Karabakh. We established a base in Goris, Syunik to ensure their wellbeing during this extremely challenging time, providing temporary accommodation, food, transportation and other assistance. Staff are beginning to move to more permanent accommodation, and we are working with them to assess the needs for resettlement. We will continue to do everything we can to support our colleagues and their families.
Nagorno Karabakh is a remote and beautiful place in the South Caucasus, a land of forest and mountains. However, its people have been haunted by the presence of cluster munitions and UXO from the 2020 War.Ìý
The Lachin corridor, which provides the vital link between Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, has been under blockade since December 2022. The continued food shortages and lack of access to fuel and other essential supplies have created a dire humanitarian situation for the residents of Nagorno Karabakh, and significant challenges for our national staff on the program. The movement of provisions as well as humanitarian medical evacuations have halted.
Despite these challenges, HALO has continued its life-saving work. With the rationing of fuel also suspended, our focus has shifted to tasks in the vicinity of Stepanakert to conserve this limited resource. We remain dedicated to deploying our clearance teams to eliminate the threat of deadly contamination in the region. Through our efforts, we continue to enhance the lives of families and children in Nagorno Karabakh, allowing them to live freely without fear, safely tend their gardens, and sustain themselves during times of scarcity.