IFSW is deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of severe armed violence in Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The ramifications of such conflict are profound, affecting the lives of countless individuals and communities.
As the promotors of social work values, we must emphatically stress the primacy of the protection and well-being of all individuals, particularly vulnerable families and children, amidst any geopolitical strife. War and conflict have repercussions far beyond territorial claims and political objectives; they shake the very foundations of society, tearing families apart, and leaving lasting scars on the psyches of the youngest among us. Every child, irrespective of nationality or affiliation, deserves a safe environment where they can grow, learn, and thrive.
Joachim Mumba, IFSW President, commented: “We call upon all parties and the international community at large to work collaboratively towards fostering peace, rebuilding communities, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all those affected. We must prioritize the needs of those who have borne the brunt of the conflict – the families and children – by offering psychological support, ensuring access to essential services, and promoting social cohesion and reconciliation. By upholding our social work values and placing the welfare of families and children at the forefront, we can make meaningful contributions towards a more compassionate and just world.”
Ana Radulescu, IFSW Europe President, added: “In the context of the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, on behalf of IFSW Europe, I express my unwavering support to the social workers and resilient communities affected by this devastating armed conflict. The toll on innocent civilians caught in the crossfire is of the highest concern and we implore the international community to take decisive action to achieve an immediate ceasefire and ensure the safety and well-being of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. Social workers have been on the frontline for the past nine months, tirelessly providing help, comfort and essential services to separated children and the most vulnerable people affected by the severe violence in the region. Their dedication and resilience in the face of adversity is extraordinary. We call on governments, organizations and individuals around the world to join the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and provide humanitarian assistance, support and diplomatic efforts to facilitate a swift resolution to this conflict before more lives are lost.“