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Hebron monitors: aid organisations raise the alarm at increased risks to civilians
Palestinians, including children, left without international protection in one of the most volatile areas in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Afghanistan: Record numbers of casualties amid peace talks
The first weeks of 2019 have seen large numbers of civilians displaced by intensified conflict across the Afghan countryside. “Whilst international attention is focused on very welcome peace talks, I have in recent days met countless Afghan women, men and children who have fled air raids, cross-fire and military offensives in Central and Southern Afghanistan,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council who is currently visiting the country. “Many recent casualties in the Afghan war are in hard-to-reach areas where the few humanitarian groups are overwhelmed by the needs.”
African countries must step up their support for displaced people
With the Kampala Convention, African countries have taken the lead in promising protection and assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Norwegian Refugee Council calls on African leaders to ensure its full implementation.
Love is not for sale
Valentine’s Day is the day that commercial interests try to convince you that you can buy love. The gloomy reality for many girls who have been forced to flee from their homes is that they themselves are the product, and love has been replaced with force.
Over five million people affected by forgotten Ukraine crisis
Almost five years of conflict has affected 5.2 million Ukrainians. Despite growing needs, the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to be a forgotten crisis.
NRC alarmed by displacement of 30,000 people from Nigeria to Cameroon
Statement by Eric Batonon, Country Director in Nigeria for the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Afghanistan: A welcome peace deal must not sacrifice hard-won progress
Statement in reaction to Afghanistan peace talks – by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
More violence marks beginning of 2019 in Colombia
A series of disturbingly violent attacks across Colombia marks the first four weeks of the new year. On average, every three days, a social leader has been killed and 1,300 forced to flee their homes.
Peace talks must avert catastrophe
“Central African Republic is steering towards a catastrophe, unless upcoming peace talks succeed,” warns Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Kabul’s tent dwellers struggle to survive
With snow and freezing temperatures, displaced families living in makeshift tents in Kabul are struggling to survive the harsh winter.
Nigerian refugees fleeing to Cameroon cannot be sent back
Statement by Eric Batonon, Nigeria Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council:
NRC assisted 8,700 across Lebanon
The Norwegian Refugee Council has so far assisted 8,700 Syrian refugees after storm “Norma” and “Miriam” caused damage to informal settlement and substandard shelters in Lebanon.
Snow fall brings severe risk to displaced Afghans
This year’s first snow has fallen in the centre and northeastern parts of Afghanistan. More snow and temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius are expected this weekend posing severe risk to displaced Afghans in makeshift shelters.
Teaching science and hope in an Ethiopian refugee camp
GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA: In a refugee camp hosting more than 85,000 refugees, a young mother of two have paved her way as one of the most popular teachers in the camp.
Honduran crisis produces new caravan
A new caravan heading towards Mexico and the United States is reportedly set to leave San Pedro Sula in Honduras on Tuesday 15 January. “The large number of people expected to leave Central America is a true testimony to the desperate situation for children, women and men in this poor and violence affected region,” said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland. “Instead of talking about a crisis at the US-Mexican border, North Americans must wake up and address the real humanitarian crisis in Central America".
Upsurge in violence in Rakhine State displaces thousands
Ongoing clashes between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar Military have displaced 4,500 people since early December.
Jan Egeland usually rejects all requests for portrait interviews. This time, however, he agreed to tell us a little about himself: About what keeps him up at night, lumberjacks and how it all started with a glass of milk and a news broadcast.
70,000 refugees at risk after heavy snow and floods
LEBANON: "Syrian refugees in Lebanon evacuated dozens of settlements after the winter storm "Norma" brought flooding, snowfall and freezing rain across the country," says Giovanni Rizzo, NRC’s Area Manager in Bekaa, Lebanon.
Giving warmth during winter
Although Jordan is known for its pleasant weather, the winter season can be very harsh, with temperatures below zero. The Norwegian Refugee Council is on the ground in Azraq camp in central-eastern Jordan to help Syrian refugees prepare for the freezing cold.
New year's wishes
Entering 2019, we asked displaced people in Cameroon, Burundian refugees in Tanzania and Syrian refugees in Lebanon to share their wishes for the New Year.
Conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions forces 430,000 people to flee
The number of people displaced as a result of the crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions has spiked to more than 430,000 during the last months. Many people are hiding in the bush with no support, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Restoring hope to recover after Cyclone Sagar
In May 2018, Cyclone Sagar stormed across the Gulf of Aden and made landfall in Somaliland, disrupting the lives of over 670,000 people. Six months later, efforts to restore livelihoods are finally starting to show results.
Millions of Congolese languish without aid – as the country heads towards elections
As the world turns its attention to the upcoming national elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo this Sunday, the Norwegian Refugee Council cautions not to lose sight of the millions of Congolese men, women and children whose humanitarian needs have yet to be met.
The Mobile Technician from Mosul
IRAQ/Mosul: During the IS group’s control, many students left school because of changes in the curriculum and a high focus on fighting and violence. Eighteen-year-old Mohammed didn’t finish his high school degree. "The new curriculum didn’t encourage me to study, and I was mentally tired. I also needed to work for a living."
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.