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Sheltering from bombs in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis
Suze van Meegen was trapped in a basement for seven days in Yemen.
Not only a men’s business
During 2017 in Central African Republic, one of the most difficult countries for girls to access education, most graduates from NRC education centres were girls.
US decides to withhold aid funding for Palestinian refugees
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the reported US decision to withhold aid funding for Palestinian refugees:
Yemen ports need to be reopened permanently before more people die
On 19 January, the 30-day period set by the Saudi-led coalition in which blockade measures were eased, will expire. This is generating widespread uncertainty about what happens next, leaving millions of Yemeni people hanging in the balance.
Defying gender stereotypes in construction
Despite stereotypes, women participate in house reconstruction in Begoua.
How to bring real change to displaced people’s lives
Has the international community better responded to refugee crises this past year? “It's not better – it's worse,” says Jan Egeland, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s Secretary General.
The waiting room
Inside two small houses in a refugee camp in northern Ethiopia live seven girls and six boys. These children all have one thing in common: they have fled across the border from Eritrea, alone.
Promoting access to legal identity and documentation
“My child was born in in 2013. We were asked to come back after six months for his birth certificate. It’s taken years.”
Surviving drought with new farming techniques
“Working on the farm reminds me of my father. I used to help him and he taught me everything I know,” says Bishara Abdi, a 74-year-old farmer in Bonkay village in south-central Somalia.
Lifelong learning in a refugee camp
"Our challenge is to guarantee the right to education, lifelong learning and wellbeing of more than 370.000 refugee children”, says education in emergencies expert, Henry Renna Gallano. He is one of 20 NORCAP deployees currently working in the Bangladesh refugee camps.
The rippling effect of water purifiers
In south-eastern Iran, water purifiers are having more impact than what they were built for.
A mother’s wish
“All I want is to know that my children are safe,” says Zara Mamat. The conflict in the Central African Republic has separated her from five of her children.
Till death do us part
"We have spent many years of our lives fleeing danger. It is very tiresome. All our children were born in refugee camps," says Bahekeye.
Making Evropi home: learning Greek
In 2015, nearly a million people from countries ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen fled to Greece, the gateway to safety in Europe. Some are making a home in Greece, learning a language that gave a name to the continent: Evropi.
Less promises, more solutions in Central America
"I don’t dream of living in another country. The only reason I would leave would be if I fled for my life," says 25-year old Anthony* from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
“We would’ve been killed in our village if we didn’t leave”
Hundreds of families are fleeing their homes in northern Afghanistan as non-state armed groups advanced into Sancharak district, Sar-e-pul province. Teber, a settlement of over 5,000 inhabitants, was captured by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Tuesday night.
On fourth anniversary of South Sudan conflict, the number of people in crisis grows amid escalating violence
The past 12 months have seen a sharp rise in the number of people fleeing their homes and in urgent need of emergency food assistance. The conflict continues to take a heavy toll on civilians.
Five things you need to know about Africa’s mega-crisis
Last week the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared the country worst affected by conflict displacement in the world. The crisis is set to worsen ahead of planned elections in 2018. Here are five things you need to know about Africa’s looming mega-crisis.
US declaration on Jerusalem undermines peace process
The declaration by the US administration unilaterally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a slap in the face of international law and stands to severely undermine genuine attempts to pursue sustainable peace.
We made it!
Conflict is crushing many children’s dreams about an education, and after years out of school, it’s difficult to get back in. Still, 15-year-old Jasmin has made it.
Unable to walk, able to live
"Escaping Syria was a difficult decision. Can you imagine leaving what you have been building for 15 years?" wonders Karam.*
How to give effectively (and why it is a good idea)
I found myself in the middle of the desert, standing in a white sea of shacks. Walls encircled the camp and sand swirled rhythmically outside, like a guard patrolling the perimeter. This was the Zaatari refugee camp— four kilometres of land housing 70,000 refugees.
Syrian refugees deprived of basic human rights
Young Syrians repeatedly face the risk of arrest and detention because they don’t have the required identification documents to apply for visas in Lebanon. This hinders their ability to move freely, enrol in school or access basic services.
How to strangle a nation
Forget the World Cup, Trump and Brexit. Yemen’s man-made starvation, silently taking hold in the midst of crossfire, will be the world’s biggest news story in 2018.
A life of constant fear
All Aleksandra Gavriutchenko wanted when she retired was to spend time with her family, grow vegetables and look after her cattle. But when the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine four years ago, bombs and violence disrupted her peaceful life in the countryside.
DR Congo mega crisis forcing millions to flee
Nowhere have more people been forced to flee in the first six months of this year than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to a major report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
More humanitarian funding needed than ever before
Next year, 135.7 million people will need humanitarian assistance. The UN has announced its funding appeal for 2018, the largest in history.
Yemen crisis rapidly growing darker
While the blockade on commercial supplies to Yemen still stands, heavy clashes in Sana’a and northern governorates is putting already vulnerable civilians in even greater risk.
Barefoot from the battlefield
In eastern Afghanistan thousands flee from armed clashes between Taliban and IS group forces.
The dream job
We have all had a bad dream. But what's a night terror ? “That’s when you think you're going to die,” says Professor Jon-Håkon Schultz. He led the development of Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) work for children with trauma.
Barriers to legal residency
Seventeen-year-old Karim* had to drop out of school since he couldn’t produce legal residency documents in Lebanon.
Yemen: All blocks on crucial aid must be lifted
The closure of Yemen’s border has effectively held 27 million Yemenis ransom. Although food is now trickling in, thousands will die if supplies are not allowed in and moved quickly – and safely – to people in need.
Thousands flee clashes between Taliban and Islamic State in Eastern Afghanistan
“Armed clashes between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Islamic State of Khorasan over the past month have boiled over into brutal change of territorial control, from which thousands of Afghan families are desperately fleeing for their lives,” said Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.
Intensified fighting forces over 10,000 people to flee in Somalia
Aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions this month have forced over 10,000 people to flee for their lives.
A worrisome peace
Today marks one year since the Colombian Congress ratified the peace agreement with the former guerrilla movement FARC.
The people the peace forgot
“We are afraid, because if they can kill one of our leaders, they can easily kill one of us,” says Anancio Rojas.
Colombians live in fear one year after peace deal
“The reality for many Colombians is in stark contrast to the positive picture painted by the peace deal. Insecurity is undermining the peace process,” warned Christian Visnes, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Country Director in Colombia.
Bangladesh refugee crisis poised for massive health epidemic
“The crisis facing 800,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar today is alarming, but we’re on the brink of a large-scale health catastrophe if the situation isn’t turned around,” warned Benedicte Giæver, Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s expert deployment roster, NORCAP.
Brick by brick: building safe dwellings for Afghans in Iran
“A good home is above all a safe place to rest, to live in and to feel comfortable and calm in,” says Nasrullah.
“I want to be buried with my husband”
Her family had already fled and her husband died years ago, but Labang Lu refused to leave her home. Until soldiers began shooting at her kitchen window.
Fighting violent extremism – humanitarians beware
Communities in some of the most dangerous corners of the world will be left without lifesaving aid because of countering violent extremism agendas. Millions of people living in countries facing famine may be hardest hit.
Shopping safely with cash support
“The river dried, there was not a drop of water anywhere,” Asha Hussein recalls.
Two more Palestinian schools under threat
Israeli court orders Palestinian students not to attend local school.
Civilians must be protected against brutal attacks in the Central African Republic
“Central African Republic is currently balancing on a knife’s edge. If we are to avoid the whole country from sliding back into civil war, there is an urgent need for better protection of the civilian population against attacks,” said the regional director for the Norwegian Refugee Council Marianne Irion.