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Families separated for years enjoy tearful reunions and migrants seek new lives, as over 10,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia since 11 September.
"We're seeing the fruits of peace one month on from the historic border reopening. Families previously divided by up to 20 years from the conflict, are celebrating joyful reunions. Trade is increasing in the border towns, as more people cross the border every day," said Stine Paus, Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Thale Jenssen | Published 22. May 2018
Surrounded by a region in conflict, Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country, after Uganda. In addition, conflict, drought and flooding causes displacement inside the country. How are these refugees welcomed?
In January 2018, Ethiopia hosts close to 900,000 refugees, and the number is growing. They are mainly from neighbouring South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. More than 1.5 million people in Ethiopia are internally displaced.
In September 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. UN Member States committed to strengthening and enhancing mechanisms to protect refugees and migrants and to move towards a more effective system of responsibility sharing in the international refugee response. States committed to working towards the adoption of a Global Compact on Refugees in 2018, to consist of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and a Programme of Action for implementation.
As attention is on Syrians fleeing civil war, many young Eritreans dramatic escape from their homeland goes unnoticed.
“I’m too young to cross the border, but I had no other options”, a 15 year old Eritrean girl says. She is sitting with legs crossed and her back against a purple painted wall in the house she lives in Adi Haroush refugee camp in Ethiopia.
The European Union and its Member States must urgently scale up their responses to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as winter approaches before more lives get lost, five major humanitarian organisations said today.
As another high-level EU migration meeting convenes on October 8, the organisations – CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Welthungerhilfe, International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and World Vision – called for a common and comprehensive approach that addresses root causes of displacement and prioritizes human rights.
As EU leaders meet to endorse the European Agenda on Migration on 25 and 26 June, aid agencies today warn against merely focusing on preventing refugees from reaching Europe as it will only lead to further deaths at sea.
Six aid agencies appealed to European leaders to urgently scale up efforts to address the root causes of forced displacement, step up resettlement of refugees and offer them safe alternatives to the deadly routes they are being forced to take.
Delivering aid in a time of massive crises
More than 1 million people in the Horn of Africa, South Sudan and Yemen received direct assistance from NRC in 2014, shows the new annual report for 2014.
Nashon Tado/NRC Horn of Africa (17.03.2014)
In 2013, more than 1.1 million people received humanitarian assistance provided by the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Horn of Africa and Yemen region. Continued displacement remained a major concern for NRC particularly in Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
“This graduation event marks a significant milestone in your lives and offers you the ticket towards better lives, and opportunities ahead”, said the Deputy Ambassador of the Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia, Ms. Tove Stub, who presided over a graduation ceremony at Adi Haroush Youth Education Centre in Shire in September.
Nashon Tado (07.06.2013)
Norwegian Ambassador to Djibouti and Ethiopia, H.E Odd Inge Kvalheim visited NRC in Djibouti’s Ali Addeh Refugee Camp this week.
The Ali Addeh Refugee Camp is located 170km from Djibouti capital and is currently hosting an estimate of 18,000 refugees mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. The refugee camp is divided into 8 sections, each with an average of 2,000 refugees, with refugees from Somalia being the majority. So far, 1,100 refugees have been registered in 2013, with an average of 250 refugees arriving each month.
28.8 million internally displaced people worldwide in 2012, record high includes five-fold increase in Syria
GENEVA, 29 APRIL 2013: The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
NRC has signed an agreement with Ethiopian authorities and UN High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out emergency relief to refugees in Ethiopia.
The agreement includes shelter, education and camp management training. Initially, the assistance will apply to Somali refugees in the Somali region southeast and Eritrean refugees in the north that will be assisted.
GENEVA, 23 October 2009 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and its Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) welcome the African Union's adoption of the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. The Convention was adopted in Kampala today at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa.
"The African Union is the first regional organisation worldwide to adopt a legally binding instrument to protect the rights of internally displaced people," said NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson.
The country profile on internal displacement in Eritrea available through the Global IDP Database of the Norwegian Refugee Council provides information about the IDP situation as it has developed since the outbreak of the war two years ago. A brief summary is presented below.