Christians are under siege in Nagorno-Karabakh
One hundred mothers wrapped their newborns in their arms at the Holy Mother of God Cathedral in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh). They’re taking part in the first ceremony of their lives. But these babies have a unique trait in common: they are united by an extraordinary circumstance: they have been under siege from the moment they were born.
For about 70 days, under the guise of an environmental action, Azerbaijan has closed the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia and the rest of the world—the Lachin Corridor—and because of the physical barricade, 120,000 Christians in Artsakh (including 30,000 children, 20,000 older adults, and 9,000 disabled people) have been trapped.
People in Artsakh are cut off from hundreds of tons of basic food, medicine, and fuel every day, and as a result, the population faces malnutrition and frostbite. During the blockade, Azerbaijan disrupted gas and electricity supplies into Artsakh several times.
Since the start of the blockade, many governments and international organizations have condemned Azerbaijan’s actions and called for the lifting of the blockade.