Caritas help the victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
October 30, 2020 Articles

Caritas help the victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Because of the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, up to 20 thousand of people living in Nagorno-Karabakh had to leave their homes, as it is the area both states want to gain. And therefore, Caritas Czech Republic decided to send 5,000 euros from its funds to help the refugees who have fled to Armenia. This money will be given to the branch of Caritas in Armenia which provides help in this area.

The Armenian Caritas provides financial lump sums to the families in need who have fled from Nagorno-Karabakh; this financial contribution should cover the expenses related to the provision of basic necessities. The families will receive the amount from 50 to 100 thousand Armenian drams, that is about 85 - 170 euros. Food can be bought on the market places in Yerevan and in other towns; the spending of money on the local markets will also strengthen the local economy. The objective of this Caritas’ project is to help 1,200 families, that is approximately 4,800 people.

Therefore, it is going to be easier for the Armenian Caritas to help the refugees with the provision of accommodation and basic necessities. Number of refugees found shelter at their relatives, the rest is accommodated in public buildings, uninhabited houses and other buildings. Lukáš Curylo, the Director of Caritas Czech Republic, comments on the financial help: “Even in these complicated days, we have to remember the elementary principles of solidarity towards people who suffer, and we feel the urge to help in the places where such help is needed.” The Three King fund has financially contributed to the crisis fund. Caritas International asked its subsidiaries for help for their Armenian colleagues.

Among others, this request to help the Armenian Caritas was also accepted by Archdiocesan Caritas Olomouc, which is one from eight Diocesan Caritas which cooperate in the network of Caritas Czech Republic. People affected by the conflict in the Caucasus will receive 6,000 USD (about 5,100 euros) from the Olomouc organization, this money will be especially spent on the purchase of medical equipment and materials.

This ethical-political conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which began many years ago, has been fueled again in October. According to publicly available sources, 36 people died and other 115 people were injured in the fights. The number of refugees fleeing from the conflict area rises significantly; the official numbers talk about up to 20,000 civilians, from that the most are women, children and elderly.

To contribute to the aid of Nagorno-Karabakh refugees, simply send any amount to account number 55660022/0800, variable symbol 157.