4 member team and 2 specialists
Y Care International proposed to fund two specialists to travel to Armenia and produce a definitive report covering possible routes for the shipment of aid. IRC was asked to provide a small support & communications team to help these specialists.
For more details about this mission please click here: Armenia Logistics – December 1992
At the time of this mission Armenia was at war with neighbouring Azerbaijan and a devastating earthquake in 1988 in the north of the country had left over 25,000 dead. The result of these two events had left Armenians impoverished and desperate. Armenia is a landlocked country, whose main transport arteries ran through Azerbaijan; these had been cut, as had fuel supplies and in response to the earthquake, the government had decided to shut down the country’s nuclear reactor as precaution, a reactor that provided a third of the country’s power needs. Added to the Azeri economic blockade, the life of the ordinary Armenian became unbearable.
2 January 1993
In 1993 IRC were asked to co-ordinate the transport of aid to Armenia on behalf of Y Care, Oxfam and the Womens Campaign for Soviet Jewry. Items to be transported included food, blankets, clothes, medical supplies and a bulk storage shelter covering a 10 x 24 metre area.