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Women’s inclusion in Myanmar’s present and future
While working toward ending seven decades of conflict, women’s inclusion will increase the chances of peace in Myanmar.
South Sudan declared most violent for aid workers for third straight year
South Sudan again topped the list of most violent countries in the world in which to deliver aid in 2017, in a report launched by the Aid Worker Security Database today.
10 challenges of refugee youth
Refugee youth are seldom consulted and frequently overlooked. Their potential remains largely untapped.
Displaced in their own country
Colombia's indigenous population has been among those most heavily affected by the 50-year conflict in the country. Even now, the peace is fragile, and many are still forced to flee.
More bombs than passengers dropped at Yemen’s main airport
Sana’a International Airport has been hit with an average of one bomb every fortnight, in the two years since it has been shut to all commercial traffic.
Congo Ebola outbreak compounds already dire humanitarian crisis
A new Ebola outbreak in the conflict zone North Kivu, that already suffers from mass displacement, is a toxic cocktail that will exacerbate the virus and have fatal consequences.
Keeping her family safe from Cholera
Selina learnt about the need to stay clear of diseases the hard way - as a refugee from South Sudan, she has witnessed more people dying from cholera than bullets.
Children in DR Congo traumatised by war
After conflict erupted two years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasaï-Central province, thousands of children were left traumatised in the wake of their war-time suffering.
Fleeing Boko Haram: A Blind Man’s Journey
For nearly two years, brutality and killings were part of the daily way of life for those trapped in the Boko Haram-controlled town of Damasak in Nigeria.
YEMEN: Civilians panic as situation worsens
In Yemen, amidst the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, we provide life-saving aid to thousands of civilians. In June, the Saudi-led Coalition announced its intention to take control of the port city Hodeidah through military action.
Alarming lack of funding claims lives
Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide.
Starting again at zero
Between 2016 and 2017, intercommunal violence in the Kasaï-Central province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo forced over one million people to flee their homes.
Cash aid helps rebuild lives in Somaliland
Families have lost everything in the aftermath of Cyclone Sagar. Cash aid is the fastest way to help them.
Escaping a life in poverty
In Eritrea, 35-year-old Adunai is learning how to use a weaving machine. “The knowledge I have gained from the training will allow me to live my life to the fullest. It has given me skills and hope for the future.”
Gains made in safe education for Afghan children under threat
An increasing number of attacks on schools and lack of investment in education is jeopardising the future of Afghan children, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Attacks on schools deny access to education
On Wednesday 4th July, La Pacheca primary school in Colombia’s Catatumbo region was seriously damaged under an armed attack.
7 years after independence, humanitarian needs are unprecedented
“South Sudan’s Independence Day is overshadowed by conflict and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis,’’ said Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Rehana Zawar. NRC calls for the recent peace deal to deliver real change.
South Sudan: Voices of Independence past
Voices from the world’s newest nation reveal a people still too afraid to return home, and hopes for the future are uncertain.
“I have nightmares that my father is killed”
When Daniel Malaul and his son returned home after a doctor’s visit in early 2013, they found Simon’s mother and brother dead on the floor. Armed groups had found their way to their neighbourhood as a new, bloody conflict was about to break out in South Sudan. Daniel grabbed his son and fled for their lives.
Empowering women through small-scale jobs
In refugee and host communities in Jordan, livelihood programmes have the potential to empower women and create opportunities for them to contribute to their household income.
Intense fighting in southern Syria creates largest displacement since start of war
The resumption of fighting in southern Syria is now putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at immediate risk as the largest ever wave of displacement in the Syrian war unfolds, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.
Mosul still a pile of rubble one year on
More than 380,000 people are still displaced in and around Mosul as the city lies in ruins with a staggering 8 million tons of debris, a year since it was retaken from Islamic State Group, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.
School staff beheaded, arson attack in Nangarhar
Afghan schools are increasingly at risk on military, ideological, and political fault-lines, with attacks increasing in eastern Afghanistan.
Responding Rapidly to Sudden Population Displacements (French)
Through its Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), NRC in Mali addresses the urgent needs of populations affected by sudden displacement. Following a rapid assessment to identify the needs of displaced persons, NRC staff then begins the distribution of food, water, essential household items and emergency shelters kits. Staff and stocks are usually pre-positioned to respond on a short notice. The RRM is a project funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.
Why hostility in Hodeidah may turn into a catastrophe
Armed fighting is closing in on the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen, and humanitarians fear it may turn into a catastrophe. Why is Hodeidah so vital?
Securing land rights for the displaced in Myanmar
As a result of civil conflicts, large sections of the Kachin community in Myanmar have been displaced from their homes since 2011.
Jordan: Syrians fleeing fighting need refuge
With thousands of civilians currently fleeing violence in southern Syria, the Norwegian Refugee Council strongly appeals to Jordan to ensure the displaced can seek refuge across the border, and for the international community to offer substantial support at this moment of crisis.
Rich and mid-income countries must welcome more refugees for resettlement
“The lack of resettlement places globally feeds the smuggling industry and pushes desperate people to embark on dangerous journeys,” said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
4,000 displaced Nigerians sleep in open as rains hit Dikwa
Over 4,000 displaced men, women, children in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Dikwa are sheltering in the open, while being screened by the Nigerian Army after fleeing military operations in the area.
Paris Yemen conference must bring cease-fire
The diplomats gathered in Paris on Wednesday for the French humanitarian conference on Yemen, co-hosted by Saudi-Arabia, must bring hope to hundreds of thousands of civilians that risk getting trapped in the crossfire of the escalating offensive in Hodeidah.
Helping children go back to school in Mali
Ten-year-old Safiatou Issiaka had never been to school. That finally changed when the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) opened a learning centre in her village in Mali.
Eden, 20, fled alone: "I regret that I didn’t say goodbye to my parents"
Eden didn’t tell her parents she was fleeing Eritrea and leaving them. She has dreams of reaching Europe and being reunited with her brother in Germany, but he doesn’t want his little sister to take the dangerous journey.
Five Things to Know About the Humanitarian Crisis in Far North Cameroon
Although Boko Haram’s insurgency is mostly associated with Nigeria, the group’s violence has affected several other countries in the region of the Lake Chad Basin. One of them is Cameroon.
What you should know about the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria
Now in its ninth year, the violent conflict in north-east Nigeria has caused one of the most severe crises in the world, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Three countries protect half world’s new refugees
Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution.
Engaging in his children’s education
“Refugee children in Lebanon live in terrible conditions, and are thus deprived, in many ways, of their childhood. They are witnesses to war in Syria and many of them are experiencing trauma, which is difficult to deal with,” says thirty-year-old Mohammad.
Sadiya, a displaced businesswoman
In 2014, Boko Haram insurgents attacked and occupied Sadiya’s hometown in Nigeria. They killed many people and took others as hostages. Terrified, Sadiya waited until nightfall before fleeing with her husband and children. They never returned.
Rebuilding their lives on Ukraine’s frontline
“If someone had told me four years ago that I would become a cheesemaker, I would never have believed it,” a smiling Ihor Rishko, 34, says.
Nearly impossible to close Dadaab
It has proven nearly impossible for the Kenyan government to quickly close the third largest refugee camp in the world. Meanwhile, fewer people have chosen to return to Somalia so far in 2018, compounding the issue.
Civilians pay the price of terrorism twice
Counterterrorism measures often obstruct humanitarian organisations from accessing people in need, according to a new study by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). As states step up their fight against terrorism, people who need life-saving assistance are paying a high price.
Thousands of children out of school
Boko Haram's violence and armed counter-offensives have prevented thousands of children from receiving an education in Far North Cameroon. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is concerned that the ongoing conflict in the region is jeopardising the future of children and exposing them to recruitment by extremist groups or criminal gangs.
Going back to school in Uganda
“I wake up early in the morning. It takes me thirty minutes to walk to school from home,” says Poni Grace.