Kim Kardashian West donates $1m to Armenia relief fund

Kim Kardashian West has said she is donating $1m (£760,000) to help with relief efforts in Armenia and the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The reality star, one of the best known celebrities in the world, is to send the money to the Armenia Fund, which provides humanitarian and infrastructure development in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh.

Kardashian West, 39, encouraged people to raise awareness or donate to the cause as the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region continues.

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I’m so honored to be part of today’s global effort to support the @armeniafund. I’ve been speaking out about the current situation in Armenia and Artsakh and having conversations with so many others to bring further awareness to the crisis that we cannot allow to advance. My thoughts and prayers are with the brave men, women and children. I want everyone to remember that despite the distance that separates us, we are not limited by borders and we are one global Armenian nation together. The @armeniafund is directly helping those that have been impacted during this critical time with humanitarian aid through food, shelter, and medical care. I will be donating $1M to assist their efforts on the ground and invite you to join me. Whether you are helping with just raising awareness and posting on social media or donating just $1, every bit helps. Let’s make this our most successful fundraiser ever. Thank you so much. 🇦🇲 ❤️💙🧡

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Oct 10, 2020 at 1:01pm PDT

In a short video posted to Instagram, she said: “We are not limited by borders. We are one global Armenian nation together.”

“Armenia Fund is directly helping those who have been impacted during this critical time with humanitarian aid from food, shelter and medical care,” she added.

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“I’ve been speaking out about the current situation in Armenia and Artsakh and having conversations with so many others to bring further awareness to the crisis that we cannot allow to advance.”

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The Armenian-American, star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has urged the US government to take a stronger stance over the conflict.

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This is has been a very difficult time for Armenia and Artsakh. I’m here today to lend my voice to ensure people on the ground receive food, shelter and medical care. The @armeniafund is working directly with those that have been impacted by this crisis to provide these essential resources. It’s especially important to me as a mother to think of the children. The fear and hardship that comes with conflict should not have to be experienced. My thoughts and prayers are with those children and their families and the very brave men and women. Join me in supporting the fund today, whether its by spreading awareness on social media or donating just $1, no effort made is too small. We are all a part of one global Armenian nation together. May God bless you! 🇦🇲🇦🇲

A post shared by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Oct 10, 2020 at 1:42pm PDT

Kim, her sisters Kourtney, 41, and Khloe, 36, and brother Rob, 33, all have Armenian heritage, as the great-grandparents of their late father Robert Kardashian are from Armenia.

Kourtney and Khloe also posted similar videos on Instagram.

Fans have seen the reality stars head to the country to find out more about their heritage on their reality show.

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My clip from today’s fundraising livestream for the @armeniafund 🇦🇲 I am honored to help further the humanitarian efforts on the ground in Armenia and Artsakh during this difficult time. Today’s fundraiser for the Armenia Fund will directly assist those impacted by the crisis with food, shelter and medical care. Join me in supporting the fund today, whether it’s by spreading awareness on social media or donating just $1, no effort made is too small. We are all a part of one global Armenian nation together.

A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Oct 10, 2020 at 1:21pm PDT

Fighting is currently taking place in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is home to ethnic Armenians.

It is feared the fighting in the area could lead to a wider regional conflict.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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