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Broadcasting from Tanzania’s largest refugee camp
Journalists are often harassed and arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. That didn’t stop Jonathan from starting his own radio station.
No immediate return to school for many children of Mosul
Among the hundreds of thousands of people who fled Mosul in the last six months are children who have lost up to three years of formal learning.
NRC calls for immediate action on Yemen
In an open letter on the situation in Yemen sent to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the EU, NRC expresses great concern over the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
Longing for the schools of their past
Overcrowding and a shortage of classrooms in Tanzania keep many displaced Burundian children from getting a good education.
Returning to a pile of rubble
Valerii lost his home in an instant. Two artillery shells struck the household in February 2015. He, his wife and their two children abandoned it just a few days earlier. In 2016 the family received help from NRC to rebuild their house.
A safe place to go
In urban areas of Honduras, criminal gangs are forcing people to flee their neighbourhoods. Many are not able to find safety.
Burying the hatchet
Determined to exchange war for opportunity, a group of men, women and children paint a new school.
Today marks 1 million South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda
One million South Sudanese have fled for their lives across Uganda’s border seeking safety since the start of the war in 2013. About a third of this number arrived since January 2017, highlighting that conflict continues to rage in South Sudan.
DR Congo tops list of most newly displaced people in first half year
Almost a million people have been forced to flee inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) in the first six months of the year.
Attacks increasingly targeting displaced people in northeast Nigeria
Dozens of people were killed yesterday when multiple suicide bombers detonated devises outside a camp sheltering displaced people in Borno State. Attacks on civilians sheltering in displacement sites are on the rise, worsening an already dire situation for people on the brink of famine in northeast Nigeria.
"They took everyone away from me"
“My daughter was so frightened that she couldn’t even cry. She was just shivering,” said Dordana, a 47-year-old mother in Sar-e-pul Province, in northern Afghanistan.
A mother’s spirit of determination
Weyni is one of Ethiopia’s urban refugees in Addis Ababa capital. She is receiving cash grants under the urban livelihood project. Fondly nicknamed Adey or “mother” in Tigrigna language, she is among 16,105 Eritrean refugees surviving under the out-of-camp policy.
With the support from NRC Sahra is rebuilding her home and future for the second time.
Open letter to the UN Secretary-General
Monday 14 August five international aid agencies in the Central African Republic sent an open letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The letter expresses grave concern about the deteriorating security situation, and calls for the Secretary-General's office to step in and take action to prevent the country collapsing into another full-blown conflict.
Millions of youth at the forefront of neglected conflict
Young women and men in conflict areas have difficulties accessing education, economic opportunities and protection. They remain one of the most neglected groups when it comes to humanitarian interventions.
Releasing youth power
In Jordan young and innovative refugees spend their spare time making their community a better place.
Living like a king
“Even if the whole family share a single room, it’s better than living in a tent. I feel like I’m living like a king.”
Yemen airport closure killed more people than airstrikes
One year since Sana’a Airport was shut down, more Yemenis have died from not being able to travel for specialised medical care than those who have been killed by airstrikes.
New wave of violence threatens Colombia’s peace prospects
Despite the 2016 peace agreement, Colombia is witnessing increased numbers of displacement due to ongoing intense clashes. “Colombia sailed on the hope of the peace negotiations for four years, but that boat has for many people living in conflict zones docked. We can’t ignore the problem any longer,” said Christian Visnes, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Colombia.
Tales from our refugee camps
“Reading stories for my children every day is as important as breathing,” says Ibtehal. The mother of four has lived in Azraq refugee camp since 2015.
Providing legal identity to displaced Afghans
Thousands of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan do not have access to essential services, formal justice, education or land because they lack a national identity card. Now, a new project might improve their situation radically.
NRC Chios: The Handover
For nearly two years, NRC has been helping displaced people on the island of Chios, providing food, informal education and assistance to the Greek government running accommodation sites. The programme ends on July 31, when funding for the activities ceases and the Greek authorities take over management for services on the islands.
Gaza’s power struggle
Gaza is in the midst of its worst ever electricity crisis, with its 2 million people getting less than three hours of power every day.
Zaatari camp: temporary home for Syrian refugees is five years old
When I first visited Zaatari refugee camp in my home country Jordan over four years ago, I saw a group of children playing around my colleagues in the camp at the time, waiting for me to take a group picture of them. I still remember the innocent smile on a then-three-year-old boy’s face. His smile sent me home crying that evening, with words in my head that I need to be stronger than that, and have faith that this conflict will end soon.
Zaatari camp 5 years old: 80,000 Syrian refugees displaced for far too long
On Saturday 29 July, Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan will mark its fifth anniversary. What started off as a temporary camp five years ago is now a town housing 80,000 Syrian refugees.
Five things you should know about Mosul
The battle for Mosul may be over, but the conflict in Iraq hasn’t ended; nor has the humanitarian emergency. Three million people remain displaced across Iraq - many of them live in camps.
Providing refugees in Greece with a room of their own
Vulnerable refugees stranded in Greece swap life in a tent for an address in Thessaloniki.
Nigeria crisis inches closer to famine
The food security crisis in north-east Nigeria is forecast to deteriorate between now and the end of August, moving the country even closer to famine.
NRC delivers emergency assistance to Northern Cameroon
Violent attacks, displacement and a devastating food crisis have led to an urgent need for humanitarian assistance in the northern part of Cameroon.
Surviving hardship of camp life
Millions of people have been displaced in Iraq by conflict in recent years. Many of them, like Muhammed Fatai and his family, were forced to flee more than once. Leaving everything they owned behind, they now face the reality of life in a displacement camp.
Afghanistan: “The village smelled like explosives”
“Trees were uprooted, windows shattered and the village smelled like explosives,” said Sanam, a 40-year-old mother of five who recently had to flee from fighting in Kunduz.
Central African Republic spiralling into new crisis
Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are displaced. “The number of families displaced from their homes has increased to a level we have not witnessed since the peak of the conflict in 2014,” warned Eric Batonon, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
“Nobody expected that there would be a real war here”
Anastasiia Pavlenko, 28, and her family were only going to leave their house for a month to escape the sudden war breaking out around them. Yet, it took more than two years to return home.
Syrian children face barriers to legal residency
Fifteen-year-old Malek is one of many young Syrians in Lebanon lacking a residency permit. Without identity papers, youth can’t move freely and risk being deprived of their education.
Escalating violence displaces another 40,000 people
Central African Republic (CAR): An upsurge in violence has forced over 100,000 to flee their homes and left over hundred people dead since April. Despite a recent peace agreement that sparked hopes of ceasefire, violence continues to displace civilians.
End of the battle for Mosul isn’t end of ordeal for civilians
Erbil, Iraq: As the Iraqi government declares that Mosul has finally been retaken from the Islamic State group, the hundreds of thousands of people in the city and those who have fled remain in grave danger.
“I was not prepared for what I saw”
DR Congo/Kasaï Central: NRC’s Béatrice Lusamba never imagined she would witness the people of her once peaceful ancestral hometown fleeing their homes, trapped in one of the largest displacement crises in the world.
New hope for young Afghans
Fifteen-year-old Ghulam Yahiya dropped out of school at the age of eleven to support his family. Today, he dreams of starting his own business.
South Sudan: Independence Day with little to celebrate
Six years after independence, one third of the population in South Sudan have fled their homes and six million people are in need of food aid.
Three years after the war: Thousands of displaced in Gaza await return to their homes
Three years after the war in 2014, Gaza citizens continue to live in displacement. Of 11,000 homes totally destroyed during the war, a little over one third have been rebuilt. Many families continue to live in tents.
Yemen and East Africa: Preventable cholera claiming lives at an alarming rate
So far, the deadly disease has hit about 300,000 people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and other countries.
Alarming lack of funding for emergency assistance
Halfway into the year, less than 1/3 of the needs for funding for emergency assistance across the world has been covered. “The funding gap will claim lives that could have been easily spared if there was enough will among the many wealthy nations, corporations and individuals around the world,” warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Few aid groups able to stay in war zones
Many aid organisations wish to stay and deliver in insecure contexts with great needs, but there are still too few organisations able to manage the risks linked to serve vulnerable communities in the midst of conflict and chaos, according to a new report released today.