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NRC welcomes Yemen agreements
Statement in reaction to agreements reached on Yemen in Stockholm – by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Five years into conflict, South Sudanese leaders must make peace prevail
Since 2013, South Sudan has been plagued by armed conflicts marked by widespread sexual violence, forced displacements and food insecurity. The Norwegian Refugee Council calls for full implementation of the revitalised peace agreement.
As Somalis flee to cities, Mogadishu becomes most crowded city in Africa
Conflict and natural disasters from 2017 – 2018 caused massive displacement to cities – says new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and NORDEM reach anniversary milestone
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2018 is also the 25-year anniversary of the establishment of the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights, NORDEM. Though separated by 45 years, the link between the declaration's vision and NORDEM's work is close.
What is the Global Compact for Migration?
We have witnessed heated debates on whether countries should approve the Global Compact for Migration or not. What is the compact? What are the legal and political obligations we commit to – and what are the consequences?
Peace Prize 2018: NRC on the ground in Sinjar
Three years after the Iraqi town of Sinjar was recaptured from Islamic State group, the Yazidis have begun to return. The town is in ruins and the population has largely been left to its own devices. The Norwegian Refugee Council is the only international humanitarian organisation with a permanent presence in the town.
UN migration pact brings hope for people displaced by disasters and climate change
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the Global Compact for Migration, which is set to be endorsed in Marrakesh today. “The compact recognises the rising threats of disaster displacement and impacts of climate change, and brings hope for the people affected,” argued Nina Birkeland, NRC’s Senior Adviser on Disaster Displacement and Climate Change.
Peace Prize 2018: Five things you should know about the Yazidis
On 3 August 2014, Islamic State group attacked the Yazidi community in Sinjar, northern Iraq. Thousands were imprisoned or killed, and close to 100,000 people fled to Mount Sinjar. The UN has referred to the attack as a genocide.
Nobel Peace Prize: Stronger efforts needed to prevent sexual violence in war
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize award to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege:
Iraqis still languishing one year since announced defeat of Islamic State group
Millions of Iraqis are still destitute one year since the Iraqi government declared victory against the so-called Islamic State group. Too many of them are homeless or in camps they are not allowed to leave. This makes them unable to rebuild their lives.
Hondurans repatriated to hopelessness
Over 67,000 displaced Hondurans who tried to escape violence and poverty have been sent back from US and Mexico so far this year. Many become displaced again in Honduras as they cannot return to their homes.
Tailoring a future for his family
Anas from Syria is one of many who graduated from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) vocational training centre in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp this year. Today, several organisations request the products that the certified tailor and his colleagues produce in the camp.
Yemen political consultations
Statement by Mohamed Abdi, Yemen country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council, as political consultations on Yemen commence in Stockholm
Refugee entrepreneurs boost host communities
Vocational training in Uganda is changing the perception that refugees are a burden to host countries. In Bidibidi, South Sudanese women are coming together to create new opportunities that benefit their host communities.
Statements from the Norwegian Refugee Council in relation to the launch of the UN Global Humanitarian Overview:
Corruption can, at worst, take lives
Corruption in the aid sector is particularly serious because it affects the most vulnerable of us. "Those who have to pay the highest price are usually the people desperate for help," says Gro Skaaren-Fystro, Special Adviser to Transparency International (TI). Together with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), TI has developed tools that can help combat corruption.
Saving lives with tents
AFGHANISTAN/Badghis: Thousands have been displaced from their homes because of conflict, drought and lack of food. Now, winter is approaching and the cold have already claimed its first victims.
Building classrooms in DR Congo
In the Rutshuru territory, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many students and teachers are often victims of kidnapping for ransom. At least 7.4 million children in the country, between the ages of five and 17, are unable to attend school.
Afghanistan: Amid progress talks in Geneva, military use of schools put thousands of children at risk
While international governments meet in Geneva this week to discuss progress and development in Afghanistan, thousands of children remain at risk and out of school due to the ongoing conflict.
We have no means left to avert a catastrophe, please act now to save Yemeni lives
Joint statement pleading with the U.S. to cease their military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Displaced in Ethiopia: "I have nothing left"
Seventy-five-year-old Maymuna Ahmed has lived her whole life in eastern Ethiopia’s Babile town. One night, everything changed: Maymuna’s house was burned to the ground and she is now among the one million people who has been forced to flee in the region.
MALI: More than 34,000 persons waiting for humanitarian aid
While the number of people fleeing intercommunal violence, armed groups’ activities, and military operations is rising in central and northern Mali, humanitarian agencies are unable to provide emergency relief to starving women and children after running out of funds.
No peace in hard to reach areas in Colombia
Two years since the peace agreement was signed, over 50 per cent of Colombia’s rural population live in continued conflict and violence.
More people have cell phones than toilets
Did you know that more people have a mobile phone than a toilet? Marking world toilet day, we give you five reasons why you should care about toilets.
The Global Compact on Refugees approved with overwhelming support by UN member states bar one, the United States
Close to 200,000 Yazidis remain displaced
IRAQ/Sinjar: "When the Islamic State group attacked our village, we fled. We stayed on Sinjar mountain for eight days. I saw children and older people die from thirst and exhaustion."
Urgent need for improved hygiene facilities to combat cholera outbreaks
The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
On-the-record update on the situation in Hodeidah, Yemen
“Hodeidah is at risk of being obliterated. We warned the international community that an offensive on the city was coming, and it has. We warned that the violence would see another half a million people flee their homes, and it did," said Mohamed Abdi, NRC’s country director in Yemen today.
International neglect of Central African Republic will lead to new catastrophe
“The international response in the Central African Republic is a recipe for failure. The humanitarian and political neglect will throw the country back into renewed cycles of violence,” warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland, who is visiting the country.
Sinjar: Three years on, Yazidis have nowhere to return
Three years since Sinjar was retaken from Islamic State group, more than 200,000 people, mostly Yazidis, remain displaced in northern Iraq and abroad, with no homes to return to.
Compassion in times of war
When Philippe and his family returned home four years after they fled, they found two people living in their house.
Vouchers help returnees to rebuild their lives
After spending four years in a displacement camp in the Central African Republic, a new house changed Stella and her family’s lives. "This house has made us happy again," she says.
How we work to solve Somalia’s eviction crisis
"I didn’t realise I was shot until things calmed down," says Aden, recounting the day he was forcibly evicted from his home in an informal settlement outside the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
Yemenis in free fall one year since blockade
One year since the Saudi-led Coalition imposed a blockade on sea, land and air routes in Yemen, millions more are edging closer to famine and fatal disease.
After IS group: Taking back the school
For years, Iraqi children who have lived under Islamic State (IS) group rule have missed out on education. This autumn, 10 million Iraqi children are finally able to go back to school.
Young refugees take control of their future
It is one of the crucial questions of aid work: Will people really be better off after receiving help? The Congolese residents of Sherkole camp in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region might have some answers.
Spike in violence in Somalia forces 21,000 people to flee their homes
Multiple regions of the country see rise in fighting in October, pushing thousands of families into crisis. Many flee to makeshift camps, surviving in flimsy shelters with little protection from the rains.
Expulsion of Congolese from Angola aggravates dire crisis in Kasai
An estimated 360,000 Congolese have crossed the border from Angola and back into DR Congo during the first half of October. Most of them are arriving to Kasai, where the influx aggravates an already dire humanitarian crisis and risks fuelling new conflicts.
US call for Yemen ceasefire
Statement by Nigel Tricks, Regional Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council
Bountiful harvest for displaced farmers in Nigeria
For years, displaced farmers from north-east Nigeria were unable to produce their own food and depended solely on irregular and insufficient humanitarian aid for survival.
Iraq: Basra’s children face disease outbreaks in rundown schools
More than 277,000 children are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases in schools which have just reopened in Basra, where water and sanitation facilities have totally collapsed, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.
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.
Drought-hit Afghans brace for harsh winter
People displaced in Afghanistan’s worst drought-affected province, Badghis, urgently need food and better shelter to survive the upcoming winter months.