Read caption NRC driver captured picture with his mobile from refugee camp in Yemen where famine and civil war is ravaging the country. Photo: NRC

Mobiles from Telering give insight into refugee stories

Published 11. Oct 2018
Equipped with mobile phones from Telering, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) drivers have been documenting everyday life along dirt roads and refugee camps.

Several drivers borrowed mobile phones to photograph life in vulnerable areas. The drivers who took the best images were awarded with a mobile phone, with several drivers now owning their own. 

Along dirt roads

It all started last summer. NRC is already using Ring Radiosystemer as their provider. The local phone dealer wanted to contribute beyond the business aspect.

“We got in touch with the management of Teleringen who were very positive to us as a chain contributor,” says Lene Dahl Enger, business consultant at Ring Radiosystemer.

“Saying yes to this project was not difficult. The photographs that are taken in different areas demonstrate that the smart phone does have an important function,” says Trond Voll, CEO of Telering.

Read caption The collaboration with Ring Radiosystemer og Telering helps the Norwegian Refugee Council to share the stories of displaced people and give them a voice of their own. From left, Tuva R. Bogsnes (Head of Media and Communication Section, NRC), Gry Ramskeid (Ring Radiosystemer), Jan Egeland (Secretary General, NRC ), Lodve Sollid (Telering) og Lene Dahl Enger (Ring Radiosystemer).Photo: NRC


Perfect tool

The aim of the collaboration with NRC was to document everyday life along dirt roads and refugee camps. The mobile phone is the perfect tool to show everyday life where, normally, there are no photographers. To obtain as many photographs as possible, NRC held a competition for the drivers in several countries. The drivers who took the best photographs would get a mobile phone as a prize.

Read caption Picture taken of NRC driver in Afghanistan. Photo: NRC

Well received 

“The competition was well received. The four images that are presented here were taken by drives in DR Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen,” says Annicken Saxlund. She is Head of Corporate Relations Section at the NRC and ensured the phones, made mainly by Samsung and Apple, were ‘put to work’ throughout the competition.

“It is not common for the drivers to have their own mobile phones. The aim was for the drivers to document the everyday life they encounter along the road,” says Saxlund.

Read caption Grégoire Bambili is one of NRC's courageous drivers in the DR Congo. Grégoire are used to work in challenging areas where vehicle access is complex due to the remote areas, bad roads, etc. Photo: NRC



She is satisfied with the mobile project so far, and in the next stage families in vulnerable areas will be equipped with mobile phones.
“Then we’ll be able to document life in a refugee camp on an even greater scale. The mobile phones give us a huge opportunity to show what is happening in vulnerable parts of the wold,” she says.