Tens of thousands of Christian refugees entered Armenia
Now that Azerbaijan is in control of Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh), tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians are beginning to pour into Armenia from Artsakh.
Ethnic Armenian Christians have lived in Artsakh for centuries despite the enclave being internationally recognized as Azerbaijan, and after last week’s offence by Azerbaijani armed forces, the conflict over the region has essentially come to an end. Even with offers of security guarantees for ethnic Armenians from Azerbaijani government forces, the deep distrust and history of conflict, genocide, and ethnic cleansing by Azeris and Turks toward Armenians have tens of thousands choosing to leave their homelands for an uncertain future in Armenia.
The Armenian government has stated it can receive 40,000 refufees from Artsakh, and at least 15,000 have already arrived, with hundreds still arriving every hour. It is still unclear how the government will accommodate and support the expected high number of arrivals in the coming days and weeks, especially with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s government under national pressure to resign after its failure to protect the fall of Artsakh.
ICC continues to raise awareness of the plight of the Armenian Christians of Artsakh as the current crisis unfolds into a humanitarian crisis.