Children from Nagorno-Karabakh show signs of serious psychological distress - UNICEF

11.10.2023

Children from Nagorno-Karabakh show signs of serious psychological distress - UNICEF

Refugee children arriving in Armenia show signs of serious psychological distress, states a press release published on the UNICEF website on October 10.

 

As noted, such conclusions were reached by social workers who work with the support of UNICEF and provide specialized assistance to children and families who have left their homes in recent weeks. Social workers located in Goris can serve up to 300 children daily.

“They have reported that children are dealing with intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and anger, manifesting in nightmares, bedwetting, and inconsolable crying. Others have shut down and become detached, leaving them unable to express emotions or connect with the situation around them,” UNICEF said in a press release.

The UNICEF report notes that more than 30,000 children arrived in Armenia as a result of the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. During the period of forced displacement, children lacked consistent access to quality education and lived in unsafe or vulnerable environments, and families reported fear of attacks.

To note, the armed forces of Azerbaijan began military operations against Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 19. After this, in less than a week, about 100 thousand residents of Artsakh were forced to flee from their homes.

According to the international organization, UNICEF is currently working with the Armenian government and other organizations to help refugee children access the care and support they need. UNICEF trains and supports internally displaced professionals to provide psychological first aid and psychosocial support. Mobile pediatric teams have been formed with the Armenian Ministry of Health to provide broader coverage across the country and provide screenings to identify and respond to mental health needs.

The press release also calls for providing US$12.6 milliono for providing the refugees with essential services including education, health, child protection, food and water, sanitation and hygiene in the first six months.
 

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