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Where armed groups rule
Over 230,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first half of 2018. “It has gone from bad to worse and there are no signs of improvement,” says Eric Batonon, NRC country director.
Displaced by drought: Her daughter froze to death in the desert
AFGHANISTAN/Badghis: Sultana, 24, recently had to bury her youngest daughter, who froze to death in the Afghan desert.
Hunger levels double in Congo as violence intensifies
15 million women, men and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are without enough food to eat, up from 7.7 million last year. Some people are even joining armed groups and going into prostitution as ways to find money for food.
Imminent famine in Yemen
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council
Attacks that kill civilians are no longer an anomaly in Yemen’s war
Statement by Mohamed Abdi, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Yemen
Returning to an occupied house
After having spent four years as a refugee in Cameroon, Ladifa and her family returned home to western Central African Republic (CAR), only to find their house occupied by another resident.
On-the-record update on situation in Hodeidah, Yemen
Hodeidah city and surrounding districts have been hit by heavy strikes through the week. Civilians in Hodeidah describe a notable increase in airstrikes and frequent, low-hovering fighter jets over the city.
Thousands of families reunited one month after Ethiopia–Eritrea border reopens
Families separated for years enjoy tearful reunions and migrants seek new lives, as over 10,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia since 11 September.
Yemen: Eating leaves to survive
More than five million people risk dying of hunger in Yemen. Desperate parents try to keep their children alive by serving them cooked leaves.
Greek winter may claim refugee lives if Europe does not act now
Unless Europe urgently steps up its support to tens of thousands of refugees in Greece, harsh winter conditions may claim lives of vulnerable families living in squalid conditions.
Bosnia elections: the significance of NORDEM election observers
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina will go to the polls to choose three presidents and members of the country’s lower legislative body on October 7th. With the very survival of the country and regional stability teetering at the brink, the presence of election observers such as NORDEM, has psychological and social importance, according to three experts on the Balkans and elections.
We congratulate Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
The Norwegian Refugee Council congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
New online course for better access to people in need
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) launched the first online introductory course on humanitarian access, to contribute to improving how the aid community reaches communities in conflict.
On-the-record update on situation in Hodeidah, Yemen
“The mood in Hodeidah is one of resignation. There is no indication that the world is going to intervene, no promises that people will be protected from an onslaught. It isn’t that Yemen is a forgotten crisis, it is just one the world chooses not to care about.”
10 things you should know about the violence in Central America
War and conflict displace millions across the world, but in Central America, people flee violence, threats and organised crime.
Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the north-eastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday.
We survived Cyclone Sagar
Twenty-eight-year-old Deka Ahmed and her three children are among the many residents of the capital of Djibouti who suffered damages and loss of property in the cyclone that ruined livelihoods and contaminated waters across the country.
Syrian children prepare to go back to school in Jordan
In Jordan, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) makes sure that Syrian refugee children have a safe learning environment, where they can forget the war and be children again. We paid our summer school students a visit to learn about their hopes and dreams.
"It felt like they targeted my heart"
"The whole neighbourhood lit up in red light and everything around us was shaking. I thought they would bomb us and took my family straight down to the basement," says Mohammed.
Two weeks in a warzone
Having returned to Norway from war-torn Yemen, NRC’s Becky Bakr Abdulla recounts her impressions from one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, a country experiencing daily bombings and a complete economic collapse.
Reaction to US administration decision to lower target for 2019 refugee admissions
Statement by Joel Charny, USA Executive Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
The long way home
Returning to your place of origin is the ultimate goal for people who have lived in displacement. But what happens when you return to less than you had before?
The freedom paper
In 2015, Wejdan and her five children sought safety from the Syrian war in Jordan. Like many other Syrian refugees in Jordan though, they struggled to move around freely and access their basic rights.
25 years since the Oslo Accords: Israeli Security Depends on Palestinian Rights
Twenty-five years ago today I sat on the White House lawn to witness the landmark signing of the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Diplomats around me gasped as Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with former foe, Chairman Yasser Arafat. But for some of us present, the handshake came as no surprise.
“They burned down our house”
Border disputes, new ethnic clashes and limited livelihood opportunities have sparked violence and mass displacement in southern Ethiopia. Shubo, a mother of nine, is one of many people was forced to flee from the violence.
Ethiopia tops global list of highest internal displacement in 2018
Ethiopia has seen the highest number of people forced to flee their homes within their country in the first half of 2018, according to the IDMC report on global displacement out today.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania shut refugee programmes as Europe and US reject migrants
As western governments reduce funding for refugees in East Africa, aid programmes are being forced to shut down, leaving refugees in crisis.
Displacement of civilians in Mali spikes due to armed conflict
Close to 50,000 people have fled their homes in northern and central Mali, so far this year, due to intercommunal clashes, a rise in armed groups and military operations. Humanitarian funding has failed to keep pace with the rising needs, leaving people stranded without necessary assistance, said the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Millions of Afghans face risks of drought related displacement
Amid a precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the worst drought in recent history, that hit two out of three provinces in Afghanistan in July, has destabilised the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, some of whom have already been displaced.
Creating spaces for youth to thrive
Youth living in emergencies need safe spaces where they have freedom of expression and experience mutual respect and constructive dialogue.
Syria: Why we fear bloodshed in Idlib
An escalation of violence in Idlib province could quickly become a humanitarian catastrophe, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Spiralling economy is latest weapon threatening Yemeni lives
As the Yemeni riyal plummets to its lowest value in history, millions of people already struggling to survive reach tipping point.
Shaping Congo' s future, one teacher at a time
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Violent conflict and a broken economy have turned teaching into a dangerous profession. Forty-year-old Kabuo defies the war, however, dedicating her time to educate the children of her war-torn community.
Why you should care about the Lake Chad crisis
Dependent on aid, neglected and affected by climate change and conflict. Millions of people are fighting a daily battle to survive in northeastern Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - the four countries that surround Lake Chad.
11 million people need urgent aid in Lake Chad region
Eleven international organisations call for increased protection and support to civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict in the Lake Chad region.
Troubling trend sees evictions in Somalia double
Over 204,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes this year, nearly double the same period last year, with many people made homeless multiple times.
Cox’s Bazar: The world’s largest refugee settlement
The mass human exodus that began last autumn from Myanmar to Bangladesh has turned Cox’s Bazar into the world’s largest refugee settlement.
No justification for killing of civilians in Yemen
The Norwegian Refugee Council is appalled by recent media reports of killings of civilians by parties to the conflict in Yemen.
Reintegrated after 18 years in displacement
“Before, the locals saw me as a refugee and they would not trust me when I asked for loans or provide me with work.” After 18 years displaced in Somalia, Aisha and her family finally became fully integrated members of their host community.
Rohingya refugees left in limbo one year on
Aid funding for refugee relief is running out while conditions are still not in place for the safe return of over 700,000 people forced to flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh after violence broke out one year ago, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Returning to school in a conflict area
In December of 2013, Boulbena Edith, a 12-year-old girl, had to drop out of school when her family fled their home in Sibut in the Central African Republic (CAR) after armed clashes.
Improving schools in dangerous areas
At just 14 years old, Saturnin’s father was murdered by an armed group. He was forced to make his most difficult, and most consequential decision to date: forgoing his education to help his mother support their family.
Armed men cut the throats of three school employees
Instead of being a safe place for learning, schools in Afghanistan are increasingly turned into military, ideological and political battlefields.