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Just three ventilators to cope with Covid-19 in Central African Republic
Just three ventilators are available to help save the lives of people who contract coronavirus in Central African Republic, a country of almost five million people. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on the international community to support countries, which are gravely unprepared to cope with the spread of the virus.
A new Sudan faces corona with little support
Sudan’s new government shows readiness to rebuild the country and aid agencies want to scale up, but both lack international support to act now.
Covid-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid
New Covid-19 restrictions to reduce the movement of people globally are inadvertently preventing lifesaving aid from reaching displaced and refugee communities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is currently unable to reach thousands of people, including 300,000 in the Middle East. It is calling on governments to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in these challenging times.
Five years of war cripple coronavirus preparedness
Civilian casualties in Yemen spike again in deadly escalation.
Coronavirus will decimate refugee communities if we don’t act now
Statement from Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council:
10 things you should know about coronavirus and refugees
The world’s response to the Covid-19 crisis must encompass everyone, including those forced to flee their homes.
Syria: A damning indictment of the inaction of world powers
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Carsten Hansen.
Q&A: What does the Turkish border situation mean for Europe?
Turkey recently announced that they will no longer be preventing refugees and migrants from crossing the border into Europe. Since then, tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived at the border area between Turkey and mainland Greece, according to the UN. Greek authorities have responded by announcing that they will not allow people to seek asylum and will be sending people back to Turkey. The Greek police are reportedly using tear gas to stop people from getting into the country.
Urgent need to relocate refugees from Greece
The large number of asylum seekers currently trying to cross the EU’s external border from Turkey is making it ever more urgent to relocate people from overcrowded camps in Greece and ensure better European responsibility sharing, argues the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Joint statement on attacks on civilians in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) call upon all parties to the conflict in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon to uphold international human rights and international humanitarian law and cease all attacks on civilians without delay.
People have the right to seek asylum and should not be pushed back
When Europe is pushing people back from its borders, denying them their right to seek asylum, this is a breach of the Refugee Convention, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Stateless Rohingya refugees remain entirely dependent on international support
Statement by Filip Lozinski, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s country director in Bangladesh, on the 2020 joint humanitarian response plan for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Locust plague spells catastrophe for millions living in underfunded East Africa
Grossly underfunded humanitarian responses across East Africa are tipping towards breaking point as a result of the recent desert locust invasion.
Fear for safety for people in Ituri affected by armed groups attacks and intercommunal violence
Fighting between military actors and armed groups has this month spread from North Kivu to the Ituri province. It comes on top of cycles of intercommunal violence that has forced more than 100,000 people to flee since the beginning of the year and led to massive humanitarian needs in the province.
More than 900,000 people displaced
People in north west Syria are living through one of the worst crises since the war in Syria began. Due to intense conflict some 900,000 people have been displaced since 1 December and are now exposed to the freezing weather, according to the UN.
Protection of people must be priority for new government in South Sudan
As plans get underway for the formation of the transitional government in South Sudan tomorrow (Saturday, February 22), protecting its people, preserving peace and providing humanitarian access to areas gripped by food insecurity caused by extreme weather and locusts must be among the top priorities for leaders.
Providing dignity on a daily basis
When he started his mission in 2015, Patric Mansour was faced with one of the largest refugee influxes to Europe in modern times. Four years on, refugees and migrants are still crossing the Mediterranean for safety in Greece and Mansour believes it is high time for Europe to take responsibility.
Aid organisations in Yemen are extremely concerned about high numbers of civilian casualties in recent military escalation
From business statistics to statistics on forced displacement
In August 2019, NORCAP-deployee Marte Claussen took a break from her job at Statistics Norway to work on statistics linked to refugees and internally displaced people, at the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS).
New caravans of Central Americans fleeing violence
Despite being deported at the Mexican border earlier this year, many Central Americans are embarking on the dangerous journey again in search of safety.
Statement about the flight out of Yemen's Sana'a airport for medical cases
Statement by NRC's Yemen Country Director Mohammed Abdi about the flight out of Sana'a airport for medical cases
5 reasons why Trump’s peace plan is not a good idea
The Trump administration’s Middle East proposal will not resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and undermines chances for a just and lasting peace.
The Trump administration’s Middle East proposal undermines chances for just and lasting peace
The Trump administration’s plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict disregards international law and diminishes prospects for a just and lasting peace, said two major humanitarian organisations today.
NGOs warn U.S. Middle East Plan risks exacerbating instability and rights violations
As humanitarian, development, and religious organisations serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, we fear the US Middle East Plan may spark an escalation in violence and entrench violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Burkina Faso shattered by world’s fastest growing displacement crisis
The number of people displaced in Burkina Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April this year as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes.
International court orders protection of Rohingya people
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Secretary General Jan Egeland, on today’s International Court of Justice finding that Myanmar must take action to protect the Rohingya people.
Long-term solutions for the Rohingya response
Two years after the people of the Rohingya minority fled Myanmar, 900.000 refugees are trying to rebuild their lives in neighbouring Bangladesh. NORCAP experts support the humanitarian response and our projects target some of the most critical gaps in the assistance.
G5 Sahel summit: Civilians should be the priority in military discussions
While countries responsible for the military response to the conflicts in the Sahel meet in France on 13 January, Action Against Hunger (AAH), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Oxfam warn about the insufficient humanitarian aid and lack of protection of civilians.
US-Iran tension threatens lifeline to millions across the Middle East
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
CashCap: Connecting global discussions to communities in need
The use of cash and vouchers in humanitarian and development contexts has been steadily increasing in the last five years. CashCap is an active contributor to this trend, promoting cash in global and regional discussions as well as in the field . Three CashCap experts explain why working on all three levels is essential.
Implementing 1325: Challenges and opportunities
While supporting the implementation process of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the OSCE-area, it became clear to Ewa Sapiezynska what challenges she had to address in order to achieve change.
Debt and danger facing refugees in Uganda
Grim survival tactics are being adopted by desperate refugees in Uganda due to the critical underfunding of the humanitarian response. People are getting into debt, they are skipping meals to save food, parents are selling off their daughters and asylum seekers are engaging in ‘survival sex’ to make ends meet.
Refugees fleeing Turkey’s north east Syria operation say they can’t go back – NRC survey
The majority of refugees fleeing from Turkey’s military operation in north east Syria say they won’t return to their country, and plan on settling in Iraq.
Broken promises must end now
Support to poor countries hosting the bulk of the world’s refugees is lacking despite promises from global leaders three years ago. Humanitarian workers are appealing to high and middle income countries to offer more support to refugees and displaced people at the first ever Global Refugee Forum this week in Geneva.
One year since Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah still most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians
A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah has seen 799 civilian casualties since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll countrywide.
Reopening of Yemen's Sana'a airport for medical patients
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland's reaction to Saudi-led coalition's move to open Sana'a airport for medical patients.
A demanding job
“When I see how much it means to those we help, I have no doubt that it's worth it.”
57,000 people affected by severe flooding in Central African Republic
More than 10,000 homes have been destroyed and already impoverished neighbourhoods are under water due to flooding caused by heavy rain in Central African Republic. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for urgent funding to scale up the emergency response and help those affected.
Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries
Millions in Somalia need humanitarian aid because of extreme weather conditions and conflict. However, relief work is difficult and dangerous in a country that has been ravaged by armed conflict for almost 30 years.
7 things you should know about the crisis in Somalia
Somalia caught the world’s attention in 2011 when a famine killed over a quarter of a million people. The country has been struggling with extreme weather changes, violence and disease for nearly 30 years and is increasingly subject to severe climate shocks that are worsening a prolonged humanitarian crisis. Here are seven things you should know about the crisis in Somalia:
273,000 now displaced due to flooding in Somalia as more extreme weather looms
273,000 people have been left displaced due to severe flooding across Somalia. Several thousand people in the worst-affected area of Baladweeyne are sheltering under trees or in emergency tents after their makeshift homes were washed away by floods caused by torrential rain. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for an urgent humanitarian response to ensure aid can be provided safely to people in desperate need.
Iraq: Delivering support tent by tent
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continues to respond to the influx of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.