A Mass Departure to Escape the Ongoing Crisis
Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory mainly populated by Armenians, has witnessed an exodus of its inhabitants following Azerbaijan’s victorious military campaign. Thousands of men, women, and children have been forced to leave their homes under the watchful eyes of Azerbaijani soldiers. Official numbers suggest that as many as 13,000 refugees had already arrived in Armenia on Tuesday. The situation has led to traffic jams on the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, as thousands flee the area seeking refuge.
An Explosive Tragedy Amidst Exodus
A fuel depot exploded during the mass departure from Nagorno-Karabakh, resulting in at least 20 deaths and leaving over 280 people injured. The separatist authorities have called for urgent external assistance to help rescue those affected by the explosion, accommodate the wounded, and address the ongoing crisis caused by the exodus. Many victims are still considered to be in critical condition, adding to the urgency of finding support.
- Anessoa Idreesian, an Armenian fleeing the region, said “We are so sad. We are broken. But we will go back.”
Seeking Refuge in Armenia
Those who make it out of the enclave are often welcomed into shelters set up by the Armenian government, NGOs, and volunteers. Entering vehicles or buses, thousands of displaced Nagorno-Karabakh residents have found refuge in cities like Goris, located in the Syunik region in southern Armenia. The sudden influx of nearly 19,000 refugees to the area has strained resources and facilities, but many continue to work tirelessly to provide support for the evacuees.
A meeting between representatives of both Armenia and Azerbaijan is scheduled to take place in Brussels. As tensions continue to flare between the two nations, it remains to be seen whether external mediation will bring about a resolution. The ongoing exodus serves as a reminder of the human toll this conflict has taken, with thousands of lives caught in the crossfire and countless more uprooted from their homes.
- Melikset Poghosyan, an Armenian volunteer aiding evacuees, declared “I don’t know when it will end, but I think these people are lucky they arrived now.”
Facing an Uncertain Future
With no clear solution in sight, residents of Nagorno-Karabakh must confront the prospect of an uncertain future. Despite losses and tragedies, many hold on to hope and express their intention to return to their homeland once the crisis comes to an end. International intervention may prove vital in resolving the conflict, ensuring the safety of refugees, and supporting those who wish to reclaim their homes in the disputed territory.