Hanne Eide Andersen (06.05.2015)
It is very important that children in Nepal get back to school and receive psychosocial assistance as soon as possible. In addition, children friendly spaces need to be created, says education expert Annelies Ollieuz. On Monday this week she went to Nepal, deployed by NRC's emergency roster NORCAP. “Imagine if the earthquake had occurred on a regular school day with full classrooms and school buildings”, says Annelies.
“Nepal's civil society must be involved and included in both the first, critical relief efforts and the rebuilding of the country,” says Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland. In the earthquake-stricken country, the situation remains desperate for many of the victims.
The first criticism of relief efforts in Nepal came on Monday, two days after the quake.
NRC’s emergency rosters are deploying experts to the relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Nepal. “We have two experts in place in Kathmandu and more are on the way”, says Head of NRC's emergency roster NORCAP, Benedicte Giæver.
World Food Programme (WFP) is one of several United Nations (UN) agencies that have contacted NRC’s NORCAP roster with requests for experts to the humanitarian response in Nepal. These agencies have indicated a particular need for expertise support in shelter, logistics, engineering, information management, gender mainstreaming and IT.
Vaishali Pradhan, NRC Nepal (24.06.2009)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) announces the official closure of its operations in Nepal from August 2009.
The displacement caused by the internal conflict and the need for promoting the rights and contributing to protection of the internally displaced Nepalese were NRCs reasons for entering Nepal. As a response to the problems NRC initiated a program for Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance and material assistance to IDPs.
Norwegian Refugee Council and INHURED International urge the government of Nepal to approve the IDP directives. It is a necessity for the implementation of the IDP policy and to provide proper assistance and protection to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nepal.
The IDP policy was approved in Feb 2007, but its implementation has not been possible because of the delay in the directives approval.
Increasing inter-communal violence is causing new displacements in Nepal.
Over the past year, people have been fleeing their homes in parts of eastern Terai in order to escape ethnic tension and fighting. NRC is concerned about the situation.
'People are scared of being harassed and attacked.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and the NRC issued a joint press release urging the Government to approve Directives on Internally Displaced Persons.
Eight months after the approval of Nepal's national policy on internally displaced persons (IDPs), the operational directives required to implement this policy are yet to be approved.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) express deep concern that continued delays in approving the directives are preventing IDPs and returnees from benefiting from their full rights.
Sharmila's New Hope
At first, seven-year-old Sharmila was very shy and did not leave her father's side in the hallway of NRC's office in Kathmandu. Now, after life-saving cardiac surgery, she is very familiar with NRC staff and loves every bit of attention she gets.
Sharmila's family fled their village in Mugu in 2001 and moved into their uncle's house in Banke district.
NRC met Sharmila at a community meeting in April 2007.
Nearly six months after nationwide protests forced the king to end 14 months of absolute rule and the Maoists rebels called a ceasefire, only a few thousand people have reportedly returned to their homes, the majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) preferring to wait for better security guarantees and more assistance to make the journey home. Although no reliable figures exist, it is estimated that up to 200,000 people have been internally displaced in Nepal by ten years of war, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives and affected all districts of the country.