Civilians Return to Nagorno-Karabakh After War; SGA, Local Churches Provide Aid

This photo shows an Armenian Apostolic church that was hit by shelling. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons, Public Domain)

The month-long war between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended last month with Azerbaijan largely taking back the territory it lost during the conflict in the early 1990s.

Russia brokered the cease-fire and has sent peacekeeping troops to the region to preside over the process. Azerbaijan gained the upper hand in the conflict using advanced military technology like drones, as well as with help from neighboring Turkey.

A terrible cost

Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says about 5,000 soldiers died in the conflict. Now, people who fled the fighting have begun to return. “The challenge is the fighting caused great destruction. Some people when they left were so fearful that they would never get their homes back that they actually burned their homes. The shelling destroyed other homes. Some people from Armenia that had left are returning to find other people living in their homes. There’s probably about 70,000 people that were displaced on both sides of the border.”

As winter arrives in the region, the local churches have been trying to supply people with blankets, heaters, and shelter. SGA works with several of these churches, providing them with resources to purchase these much-needed supplies.

Through SGA’s Immanuel’s Child program, you can even reach children in this war-torn region. Learn more here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Consider supporting SGA as they help local churches in Nagorno-Karabakh get aid to people in need.
  • Pray Christians in Nagorno Karabakh would be protected.