UNHCR welcomes European Union’s support to conflict affected families in Azerbaijan
21 December 2021
- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the core relief items distribution to the conflict affected people in Azerbaijan, thanks to the financial support from the international community, including the European Union (EU), and the successful cooperation with the Social Services Agency operating under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Azerbaijan Republic.
With the continued support from EU Humanitarian Aid and other donors, UNHCR has been able to deliver vital assistance such as blankets, tarpaulins, solar lamps, kitchen sets and hygiene kits to 19,000 conflict affected persons residing in the districts of Agdam, Agjabadi, Beylagan, Barda, Tartar, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Goranboy, Naftalan, Ganja, and Mingachaveir, and whose livelihoods were negatively affected by the conflict in 2020, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution started last month and has just completed at a critical time with the onset of winter.
Ambassador Peter Michalko, Head of the European Union’s Delegation to Azerbaijan, said: “Over a year after the war, we still see people grappling with the consequences. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation of vulnerable families, and the humanitarian situation in the region continues to require our attention. EU funded humanitarian activities, like the one announced today in partnership with UNHCR, help vulnerable families get through this winter.”
The European Union remains a key partner to UNHCR in Azerbaijan and globally, enabling the organization to deliver crucial humanitarian assistance to the persons most in need, especially in conflict-affected areas.
“UNHCR is grateful for the generous contribution from the European Union, particularly for the most vulnerable individuals, including children, who have been affected as a result of the conflict last year, some of them remaining in a displacement situation and in need of assistance”, said Guido Ambroso UNHCR Representative in Baku.