Skip to content

Update on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

2 October 2023
Update on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

We are deeply concerned at the ongoing situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a breakaway region which falls within the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan, and which is inhabited by ethnic Armenians.

In recent weeks there have been reports from the area of assaults by Azeri military forces. Longstanding tensions in the region have erupted after the blockade by the Azeri forces of the Lachin corridor, a mountain road which links the region with Armenia, and which is considered a humanitarian corridor to the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.

While media reports vary, there are suggestions that the trigger for the military offensive was a landmine explosion which killed six people.

In recent days, thousands of refugees have poured into Armenia, fleeing the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. It has been reported that over 70,000 refugees have fled in a matter of days.

CAFOD's team is closely monitoring the situation, in liaison with our colleagues in the Caritas Internationalis network. The local Catholic agency, Caritas Armenia, is assessing how best to respond to the initial needs of the displaced population.

Thanks to your support, we are sending €22,000 to Caritas Armenia to support their rapid response appeal.

Pray with us

Please keep all those affected in your prayers and join us in praying for all those impacted by conflict around the world.

Emergency Response Team

Earthquakes, conflict, floods and droughts devastate lives. But with you in our team, we can provide a fast emergency response.

Donate to help quickly in an emergency

From floods and earthquakes to famine and droughts, CAFOD works with local experts to get food, water and shelter to survivors of emergencies as quickly as possible. You can donate to support our Emergency Response Team as they respond to emergencies around the world.