In light of the day’s events and the military situation that has been declared, we call on the community to be careful where the news is received from and to only follow official media, as outlined here.
The air and missile attacks began at 7:10am on September 27, shelling cities and villages alike, including Stepanakert, Hadrut, Martuni, and Shushi. As of 6pm on September 27, there are 16 casualties and over 100 wounded.
Both the Artsakh and Armenian governments have called for general conscription for individuals up to 55 years of age. Those who get called highly depend on the situation escalating. At the moment, volunteers are headed to the Artsakh borders.
While we all wish to be of assistance, not everyone is able to volunteer as a conscript. Some of our repatriates have already left for the borders. Some are getting ready to go. For those who remain in Yerevan, especially, there are a myriad of other ways you can be of help:
- Donate Blood: The Ministry of Health has put out a call for blood donations to top up the reserves. Donations should be made ONLY at the Hematology Center after Prof. R. Yolyan. All blood types are accepted. More information here.
- Twitter Wars: Since Twitter is widely used during important events in general, Armenia and Azerbaijan have always been involved in what can be termed “Twitter Wars” for outsiders. Using specific hashtags, Azerbaijan often spams certain messages across the Twitter realm, while Armenians share their own side. Hashtags have been hijacked thus in the past. The best way to counter these attacks is by ensuring misinformation is also countered by the truth, spread in multiple languages, ensuring the message gets across from as many accounts as possible. Be active with sharing official news.
- Donate to the Official Fund: There are many fundraisers once again, as is the case with every such situation. However, the Ministry of Defense is working directly with All Armenia Fund officially, thus ensuring donations will reach their destination. The fundraiser is aptly named “We are Our Borders - All for Artsakh” and you can donate by visiting www.himnadram.org or sending directly to specially designated AMD, USD, EUR, and RUB accounts.
Photo: Ruben Malayan