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Cameroon conflict produces mounting humanitarian needs
The Norwegian Refugee Council is alarmed by soaring humanitarian needs in English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
DR Congo: Imminent hunger crisis threatens Ebola-stricken North Kivu
An average of 87 per cent of displaced people are living on just over a meal a day in areas already plagued by conflict and Ebola in Congo’s North Kivu. Families affected by the deadly virus have lost access to food and are on the brink of malnutrition. Ebola cannot be eradicated if people are left starving, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Yemen: More bombs and weapons will only mean more suffering and death
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Policy Director, Ole Solvang, on the US President’s veto to a bill to end military support for the war in Yemen
Central African Republic: The making of an architect
In some areas of the Central African Republic, not a single child goes to school. We work in the neglected crisis to make way for its children back into the classrooms.
137,000 people forced to flee their homes this year in Somalia
Displacement of families is rising with evictions, conflict and drought the top causes.
Lebanon: Cooking meals for thousands of storm-affected refugees
"Knowing I contribute to put food on the table and feed the children of other refugee families makes it worth the effort I put into my cooking,” says Syrian Khitam. Together with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), she provides meals for 300 families affected by the winter storms in Lebanon.
87,000 people displaced by increased violence in Mali
Violence and the intensification of military operations in Northern and Central Mali have pushed more than 87,000 people to flee their homes since January 2019. Several humanitarian actors present in the country are raising the alarm and warning about insufficient capacity to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis.
Thousands of people newly displaced in Colombia
More than 2.000 people have been forcibly displaced due to conflict between armed groups in the northern departments of Cordoba and Antioquia during the last two weeks alone.
Statement on yesterday’s deadly attack in Sana'a
Statement by NRC's Secretary General Jan Egeland on yesterday’s deadly attack in Sana’a:
Ukraine: How we help those affected by conflict survive the winter
The conflict in eastern Ukraine is approaching its fifth year, and hostilities, isolation and depletion of resources continue to affect civilians along the frontlines. During the harsh winter months, they need to find means to buy costly fuel and basic goods, which have tripled in price in recent years.
Gearing up for Idai
NORCAP sends the first four experts to support UN agencies in the cyclone Idai response this week. The tropical storm recently hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving more than 750 people dead, more than 140,000 people displaced, and devastated large parts of the three countries.
Nigeria is steering towards another deadly Cholera outbreak
Overcrowded displacement camps coupled with a lack of basic sanitation facilities and hygiene will cause another cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria if action is not taken now to prevent it, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Statement of INGOs in Myanmar on the situation in Rakhine
As international NGOs supporting communities throughout Rakhine State, we express our deep concern with the continued fighting between the Myanmar Security and the Arakan Army Forces. This conflict is causing civilian casualties, displacing communities, and worsening the already precarious humanitarian situation in central and northern Rakhine State. Echoing our previous statement from January 2019, we urge all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians in compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights law
Yemen: the document that changes the future
A single document can determine the future of a displaced family. In Yemen, we provide birth certificates so that children are able to access life-saving health care, protection, education – and have evidence of their own existence.
Yemen: Salah dreams of bombs and death
Salah, 13, is scared. At night, he dreams of planes that drop bombs on people. About rockets that hit houses and about people being shot. He is a child in war-torn Yemen, and every night he experiences it all, over and over again.
Statement: NRC urges protection of civilians amid rise in hostilities
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip early Monday morning struck a house in the town of Mishmeret, about 32 kilometres north of Tel Aviv, injuring seven people, including three children. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel would respond forcefully to the attack. None of the armed groups in the Gaza Strip has claimed responsibility.
Rich nations must renew support for refugees in Uganda
Living conditions in some of Uganda's largest refugee settlements are deteriorating due to a lack of funding and are resulting in refugees taking drastic measures to survive. The Norwegian Refugee Council calls on donor countries to take more responsibility for the 1.2 million refugees living in the poverty-stricken nation.
Gaza children’s mental health rapidly deteriorating
More than two-thirds of children surveyed experiencing psychosocial distress
Rebuilding bombed schools in Yemen
Millions have fled their homes. Landmines and airstrikes, combined with a lack of food and medical help, are putting 24 million lives at risk. Amid conflict, hunger and cholera, we delivered aid to over 800,000 Yemenis last year.
Increased resilience through climate information services
Due to a combination of exposure and low adaptive capacity, Africa is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Meet three of our experts working in Africa to minimise the gap between providers and end-users of climate information.
Yemen: Working to assist those fleeing the same war she escaped four years ago
"Every day, I heard stories of how people had been killed. I was particularly afraid during those early morning hours when the airstrikes began." NRC’s education assistant Malka, 26, tells about delivering aid among landmines and airstrikes in her home country of Yemen.
Europe must re-start relocation programme
Three years after the EU-Turkey statement the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for European countries to take their share of responsibility for handling refugees, and not leave it to overstretched Turkey and Greece.
Civilian casualties double in parts of Yemen since ceasefire
Yemeni civilians across the country are facing the threat of intensive attacks with some areas claiming more than double the amount of victims compared to the pre-ceasefire average.
Jordan: Wages for workers, "lungs" for the land
The trees that once dominated northern Jordan are gradually disappearing and at risk of vanishing. A new agriculture project is reinvigorating the area, providing much-needed work for displaced Syrians and green "lungs" for the region.
8 facts after 8 years of conflict in Syria
The conflict in Syria has been going on for eight years, with brutal consequences. Here are eight of them:
NGO reaction to the “Brussels III” conference on supporting Syria and the region
As the international community came together for the 7th consecutive year to commit to helping Syrians inside their country, as well as refugees and their hosts, 15 aid agencies called today for a sustained follow-up to ensure political and funding support translates into meaningful improvements for all Syrians.
Syria is in ruins: how do we assist?
Eight years into the devastating conflict, close to 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support. We’re supporting Syrians across the country throughout the chilly winter months.
Statement on the loss of two NRC staff in Ethiopia
It is with great distress that the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) confirms the deaths of two of our colleagues among those killed on the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed en route to Kenya on Sunday morning.
End aid restrictions to Syrians in government-controlled areas
Eight years into the devastating conflict, close to 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support, most of whom reside in government-controlled areas. The Norwegian Refugee Council calls on donor countries to provide funding based on needs alone, and for the Syrian government to remove impediments to aid.
Tanzania crisis ignored: “You people should look at us”
In Tanzania, a peaceful country hosting 335,000 refugees, the lack of funding is so dire that aid agencies are struggling to meet even the most basic needs. NRC needs all the support we can get to make a difference.
Deadly flooding displaces thousands in Afghanistan
More than 32 people have been killed and thousands of people are displaced as homes and buildings have been swept away by flooding across Afghanistan.
320,000 Somalis fled conflict and insecurity in 2018
The number of civilians who fled their homes due to conflict and insecurity increased to 320,000 in 2018, up 50 per cent from the previous year - according to newly-released figures.
Conflict to blame for extreme hunger in South Sudan
As the food crisis worsens across South Sudan, the Norwegian Refugee Council is calling on all parties to the conflict to allow humanitarian agencies to safely access people in desperate need of aid.
Statement on outcome of Yemen pledging conference
Statement by Mohamed Abdi, the Norwegian Refugee Council Yemen Country Director in Yemen in reaction to outcome of Yemen pledging conference:
YEMEN: The man-made disaster must end
“Millions of lives are at stake in Yemen. We urge governments to increase funding to meet the needs created by this horrific man-made humanitarian disaster”, says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ahead of the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen 26 February in Geneva.
Yemen pledging conference in Geneva
Statement by NRC's Secretary General Jan Egeland ahead of the Yemen pledging conference in Geneva on 26 February:
Death from above: Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly skies
3,804 civilians were killed and 7,189 injured last year as a result of the ongoing fighting between armed groups in Afghanistan. “Amid talks of potential ceasefire these devastating statistics show that the conflict in Afghanistan is only getting worse,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General for the Norwegian Refugee Council, who recently visited the conflict stricken country.
725,000 people face hunger following drought in Somaliland
Severe lack of rain has worsened the drought in parts of Somaliland leaving 725,000 people at risk of hunger and in urgent need of humanitarian support.
Somaliland: providing cash to people displaced by conflict and drought
Digital cash aid is a smart way to help displaced pastoralists in Somaliland.
A clean drop in the ocean: Working in Iraq’s worst health crisis
Last summer, the Iraqi southern governorate of Basra witnessed waves of protests when its citizens appealed for better access to services. The water’s contamination levels rocketed and clean water became inaccessible to many of the governorate’s households.
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.