After the 44-day war, the captives held in Azerbaijan were given an opportunity to call their family members. Zara Amatuni, head of communication programs of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia, told 1lurer.am.
“The main purpose of the ICRC’s regular visits to these people is to help them contact their families. As you know, the traditional form of communication is the letters of the Red Cross. In connection with the recent events, with the consent of the authorities, he was also given an opportunity to contact by phone and launch other means of communication. Yes, calls have been made in some cases,” Amatuni said.
She also said that the ICRC’s activities in the region have expanded. Offices have been created in Ijevan and Goris. “The ICRC has expanded its offices in Yerevan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Baku, opening new offices, taking into account the problems that may arise in border communities. Our budget for the region has grown significantly to about 47 million Swiss francs this year,” Amatuni said.