When it comes to the security of Nagorno-Karabagh, possibly no other province is as vital as Kashatagh (formerly Lachin). Last weekend, approximately 100 people came together in London to learn about the challenges facing Kashatagh and how they can help the region thrive. The program, organized by Aid Kashatagh, featured a presentation by Tufenkian Foundation executive director Antranig Kasbarian.
Dr. Kasbarian spoke from his extensive experience in the region, both as Foundation director and as a journalist who covered the Karabagh war in 1993. He noted that resettlers in Kashatagh currently face harsh conditions, living in the shells of homes that were destroyed in the war, in villages with little to no infrastructure, as they seek to bring new life to the region.
Alongside this presentation, local community member Alenoosh Avanessian gave a first-hand report of these conditions, which she witnessed during a trip to Kashatagh last summer.
The evening also included a screening of “Our Kashatagh,” a documentary exploring the living conditions of families resettling in the district. Produced by the Manana Youth Center of Yerevan, the documentary also depicts current efforts to renovate resettlers’ homes, restoring them to livable condition.
A spirited question-and-answer session followed, followed by moving remarks by His Grace Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, who urged attendees to give to the resettlement effort and to spread the word about the district’s needs.
Aid Kashatagh is a project of the Armenian Church Community Council of Great Britain (ACCC), an umbrella group of various leading organizations.
The Tufenkian Foundation would like to thank all who attended, as well as the ACCC, which has set a goal of raising $50,000 for home renovations in the Getap Village of southern Kashatagh.
For more information on Kashatagh and the Tufenkian Foundation’s House Renovation Program, visit www.TufenkianFoundation.org.