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Burkina Faso: 275,000 People Forced to Flee New Surge in Violence

A slow and insufficient humanitarian response is forcing people to choose between violence or hunger, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council

Increased violence in Burkina Faso has forced an average of 13,000 people a week to flee their homes since April. Nearly 500 civilians were killed, with attacks by armed groups in Solhan and Arbinda towns marking the two deadliest in Burkina Faso’s recent history. “Despite soaring conflict, the humanitarian operation…

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NRC Update on Suspension of Operations in Ethiopia

Following the temporary suspension of NRC’s activities by authorities in Ethiopia on 30 July, NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland visited Addis Ababa in August for meetings with the Federal Government

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is continuing dialogue with the authorities while operations remain suspended. Following the temporary suspension of NRC’s activities by authorities in Ethiopia on 30 July, NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland visited Addis Ababa in August for meetings with the Federal Government. “Our Secretary General held constructive…

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123 Youth and Women Trainees Graduate from NRC’s Vocational Training Programme in Hargeisa, Somaliland

NRC identified, registered and enrolled 123 youth and women beneficiaries in their preferred trades in selected vocational skill training centres

The vocational skill training programme was aimed at meeting the learning skills of displacement-affected youth and women who have been in unstable circumstances, most of them have found themselves without any source of income. In addition to providing the youth and women trainees with vital skills for employment and income…

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Statement on the suspension of programmes in Ethiopia

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has suspended its humanitarian programmes in Ethiopia following a directive from the Government of Ethiopia

On 30 July, the Ethiopian authorities ordered the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to suspend all operations in the country for three months, citing concerns about some of NRC’s public messaging and compliance with certain rules and regulations. “We have enjoyed respectful and collaborative relations with all branches of the Ethiopian…

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Somalia braces for record levels of displacement as drought takes hold

So far, 112,000 have been displaced in the first three months of 2021, of whom 34 per cent were uprooted because of drought

Somalia is bracing for record levels of displacement this year as drought ravages parts of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people without water and livelihoods. “Once again Somalia is facing the prospect of serious drought. Water and pasture resources are depleting every day and resulting in people abandoning…

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Buildings belonging to Norwegian Refugee Council destroyed in Ethiopia's Tigray

Norwegian Refugee Council’s compound in Hitsaats camp appears to have burned down and roofs of its structures substantially damaged

Buildings set up to serve refugees were among several destroyed in Ethiopia’s Tigray region according to satellite imagery received by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). In addition to NRC facilities, a school and a health clinic were also damaged and burned down in Hitsaats and Shimelba refugee camps in recent…

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Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland: Aid still not reaching Tigray

Twelve weeks since the fighting began, the basic elements of a response on the scale needed are still not in place

Twelve weeks since the start of conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, meaningful humanitarian operations have still not begun. Aid organisations are unable to reach the Central and Western parts of the region, and two refugee camps are completely inaccessible. In the few instances where agencies are accessing the region, it…

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Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic

NRC calls for parties to the conflict to provide secure humanitarian access, protect civilians and ensure free movement of essential goods to prevent further suffering

Humanitarian operations in several parts of the Central African Republic are at a standstill due to ongoing election unrest and heightened insecurity, leaving many of the 2.8 million people in need of essential humanitarian aid without access to life-saving assistance. “Like most of the other humanitarian organisations, we have had…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: 15,000 Ethiopian returnees receive emergency Covid-19 assistance at quarantine sites

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is working to prevent the spread of coronavirus to areas with vulnerable refugees, displaced and host communities across Ethiopia

Over 15,000 Ethiopian returnees, many of whom are vulnerable women and children languishing at quarantine sites, have received critical emergency assistance as the country continues to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working alongside the Ethiopian…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: On-the-record update on challenges facing displaced people in Somalia

As of Monday, April 20, Somalia has confirmed 164 cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths and is braced for the widespread impact of the virus

Quote from the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Country Director in Somalia Victor Moses. “For countries like Somalia, Covid-19 isn’t just a health crisis, it’s an economic juggernaut. Even before the outbreak gathers speed, people are feeling the pinch of inflation, widespread job losses, and fear that measures to contain the…