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Gaza: The world’s largest open-air prison
More than 50 years of occupation and 10 years of blockade have made the lives of 1,9 million Palestinians living inside the Gaza Strip unbearable. That is why they now are protesting and risking their lives.
Accessing education in the midst of the Syria crisis
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, over half of the Syrian population has been displaced. One in four schools has been damaged, destroyed or are being used as temporary shelters, leaving an estimated 2.08 million children and youth in Syria out of school.
A girl’s education: An investment in the future
Kadidja, 14, has already been married for a year. However, unlike many married girls her age, she still attends school.
When the life savers are killed
Saturday 21 April, a vehicle belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross was attacked in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taizz, resulting in the killing of ICRC employee Hanna Lahoud from Lebanon.
Brussels II Syria conference must not fall short
Focus on aid, increased pledges and accountability for previous commitments needed, according to eight leading aid agencies.
On the frontline of Europe’s forgotten conflict
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has cost more than 10,000 lives. Unarmed internationalobservers monitor the ceasefire, but the parties to the conflict continue to disregard it.
Returnees rebuild their lives, back at home
In the Central African Republic (CAR), a main obstacle for return of displaced people has been the destruction of their homes after they had initially fled. With the support of their community and our teams, displaced people can finally return home.
Colombian conflict has devastating impact on education
About 45,000 students and 2,000 teachers were forced to suspend classes this week as a result of a dispute between armed groups. “When education and children are affected by conflict and associated with fear of violence, the damage to both societies and people is severe and long-lasting, said Christian Visnes, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia.
Getting by after four years of war in Ukraine
Anastasiia Ursova lives in a small village with her husband Mikhail and their two young sons. But it was not always like that. One night in 2014, they took the last train to escape from heavy artillery attacks.
We are failing DR Congo - again
The international community has failed to help and protect the people of DR Congo. 13.1 million people need humanitarian assistance, more than a double since 2014. Despite the situation getting worse, donors have reduced funding to the country.
Education - the hope of rural Colombia
Born into an armed conflict, many children and youth in Colombia joined the armed forces or fled their hometowns, foreclosing the possibility of them going to school. Following the peace agreement, both youth and adults in Colombia are now resuming their studies.
“The consequence of too little aid is that people die”
On Friday, there will be a humanitarian conference in Geneva on the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We asked the NRC’s Secretary General, Jan Egeland what this conference means for over 13 million Congolese who are in acute need.
Statoil donates 4 million NOK for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s work in Syria
15 March brought Syria into its eighth year of conflict. Seven years of war has left the population in dire need of basic assistance. More than 11 million Syrians are displaced from their homes, over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 7 million people are unable to eat regularly and 4.9 million people are trapped in besieged or hard to reach areas.
Needs reach fever pitch in Congo as world watches in silence
In the shadow of other humanitarian crises, the number of people in need in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has more than doubled since 2014, reaching the same level as in Syria.
Accountability needed for killing of Gaza civilians
The Norwegian Refugee Council expresses its outrage at the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza by the Israeli military, as they protest for their rights, on their land.
The Green Mountain Engineers
Abdul, 34, was born in the Darfur area of Sudan to a family of nine. After his two brothers were killed and his remaining family was taken captive by the area’s militia, he fled to the capital of South Sudan, Juba. When war broke out in 2013, he fled once again, this time to Kenya.
Dreams of brighter days in a Kenyan refugee camp
As the drought situation in South Sudan has worsened, Nyagoul Tekjiek brought her family to Kenya in 2018, where she finally dares to dream of brighter days for her children and herself.
After attending our training programme in welding and fabrication, a team of eleven refugees from South Sudan were provided with start-up kits and a shed in 2016, marking the start-up of Khartoum Welders in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Latest Afghan school attack must be investigated
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for an investigation of a deadly attack against a place for informal education in Kunduz Province, which took place on Monday.
More than money needed to stop humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen
As donors convene in Geneva tomorrow for a high-level pledging event on Yemen, aid workers in the country assert that it will take more than donations from the international community to keep millions of Yemeni people alive.
Five facts about Eastern Ghouta
Before the war in Syria broke out, Eastern Ghouta supplied Damascus’ markets with fruits and vegetables. Now, as one of the few non-government-held areas in the war-torn country, it’s known for widespread human suffering.
After more than two years of assisting refugees in Greece, the Norwegian Refugee Council will end all field operations at the end of this month.
Rohingya refugees bracing for another disaster
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have nowhere to evacuate if a cyclone hits their overcrowded camps. The monsoon and cyclone season is fast approaching and aid workers are struggling to make improvements, but admit that it will not be enough.
Cereal banks strengthen food security in Mali
When her husband passed away in 2015, Hawa Walet Halid was left alone and unable to fully provide for herself and her children. Today, a cereal bank makes sure that the family has enough to eat.
Bringing water closer to the village
By repairing boreholes in Bomboyo in the Far North region of Cameroon, NRC is ensuring safer access to water for women and girls.
Winter assistance for civilians in eastern Ukraine
For many Ukrainians, winter is hard. People in eastern Ukraine have to make tough choices on how to spend the few resources they have: should they spend them on food, medication, their children’s education or bills?
Being resourceful with wastewater
A settlement for Afghan refugees in Iran is addressing the water crisis by reusing wastewater through sewage treatment plants. Mostafa, one of the residents, plays an important role in making sure the system works like clockwork.
South Sudan inches closer to famine
Latest South Sudan food security report projects worsening food crisis in the coming months. With many parts of the country moving closer to a ‘catastrophe’, a famine situation is likely without an urgent increase in aid.
Tens of thousands leave Eastern Ghouta malnourished, thirsty and in fear, now in overcrowded reception sites
More than 50,000 people who have fled from Eastern Ghouta to overcrowded and ill-equipped reception centres on the outskirts of Damascus over the last days are arriving exhausted, malnourished and afraid of what comes next.
10 things threatening the peace in Colombia
More than a year has passed since the Colombian government and the armed group FARC signed a peace agreement, but the peace process is still fragile. It is one thing to secure a deal, but another to follow through on it.
Syrians say: “Not another year of war”
We asked civilians inside Syria share their thoughts with us, as we mark seven long years of conflict in the country. Their words ring clear: “Not another year of war in Syria.”
On the brink of deportation
For years, Honduras has been characterised as one of the most violent countries in the world. Living under a constant threat in violent neighbourhoods, many Hondurans have to move or they become displaced. Many seek asylum in neighbouring countries or cross their borders in search of safety.
Afghanistan attack targets Kabul classroom with 600 children inside
Eleven students were injured when an attacker detonated explosives in a classroom in Kabul on Sunday. “As inhumane as this cowardly attack is, we continue to see similar attacks on schools. Afghanistan’s children are becoming innocent victims of the escalating conflict,” said NRC’s country director in Afghanistan, Christopher Nyamandi.
A story of a family reunion
Bura is the father of seven children. When local militias started a brutal attack on his home village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of his children managed to escape, but in different directions. Bura heard that some of his children had reached Uganda, and he decided to find them.
"What we see now is a dramatic escalation of violence"
Syria’s war has now lasted for seven years and there seems to be no end in sight. Rachel Sider, NRC’s advocacy and information adviser on Syria, talks about the escalating violence, the fatigue in the media, but also about her hope for the country.
A new start-up
"Now, I am capable of paying for food, health care and school fees for my kids," says Bembeleza, one of the 5,082 people who have benefited from our cash assistance distribution in Kitchanga town, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A warning against mass returns to Syria
As the war in Syria enters its eighth year, thousands of Syrian refugees are at risk of a potentially life-threatening return to Syria.
Giving displaced families the freedom of choice
Thousands of displaced families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) struggle to make ends meet. With cash distributions made available by our teams in the field over 8,000 families are able to buy exactly what they need.
Football was forbidden – now it brings hope
Under the rule of the Islamic State group, many young Iraqis were banned from playing football. War and displacement, though, are not stopping them from engaging in their favourite sport.
Women's day: Displaced women face extra hardship
All displaced people face challenges, but among the most vulnerable of those in search of protection are women and girls. "Being a woman is harder when you are displaced," says Director of NRC's field operations, Magnhild Vasset.
Chicken and eggs help Nigeria's displaced women take on untraditional roles
Rahila Ishaya is 50 years old. Two years ago, she began her own poultry business, starting with five chicks. Today, with the support of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), she has more than 100 birds, provides for her family and supplies eggs to her community.
Somalia on edge of slipping back towards famine if aid is pulled out
As diplomats gather in London for Somalia humanitarian conference tomorrow, the lives of 2.7 million people hang in the balance.
Cholera puts the lives of Congolese refugees at risk
Violence has forced thousands of Congolese to seek safety in neighbouring Uganda, with overcrowded refugee camps there putting pressure on hygiene and sanitation facilities, increasing the risk of deadly cholera outbreaks.
The well-being in education
In Jordan we work to support youth and children to overcome the traumatising events they have witnessed during the war in Syria.
INVITATION | Beyond the Grand Bargain, 7 March
The Norwegian Refugee Council and the World Bank cordially invite you to attend the event “Beyond the Grand Bargain, two years on – taking stock of the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel’s Report on Humanitarian Financing” on 7 March 2018 at 10.00, in Palais des Nations (Room VII).