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"If we give up, they might give up"
"It is us, who are outsiders, who need to engage and encourage," says Jeffrey Mapendere, a NORCAP mediation expert deplyed to Juba.
Confronting statelessness with statistics
People who have no official nationality are often denied their most basic rights. Understanding the scale, causes and consequences of statelessness is vital to addressing the issue.
NORTHERN KENYA/Kakuma refugee camp: Adam Mohamed set up a mechanic business in 2015. Today, Green Mountain Mechanics is booming.
Yemen: Left isolated and starving
Two years of full-scale war has driven Yemen to the verge of famine. 17 million people, or two out of three Yemenis, do not know from where they will get their next meal.
Prioritising the future of Afghanistan
Children who have to flee their homes also lose their schools and classmates. “We must prioritize giving these children an education,” argues NRC’s Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.
The Good Samaritan
At only nine years old, Banduga Ismail was forced to leave his home in Uganda. A long and dangerous road to safety made him realise what he would do with his life. Today, he remembers that terrified little boy when he looks at people displaced by conflict.
Surviving on solar power
SOMALIA/Baidoa District: While drought is ravaging the countryside, a rural community is surviving with the help of solar powered irrigation and agricultural resilience training.
Fighting a double crisis
“People in north eastern Nigeria is battling one of the most severe humanitarian crises of today. Most of the food production has collapsed completely, and the conflict with Boko Haram makes it impossible for people to return home and pick up their lives”, says NORCAP expert, Virginia M. Moncrieff.
Living from hand to mouth
SOUTH SUDAN/Ngop: Famine was declared in South Sudan in February. Over 100,000 people have been affected so far. A million more are on the brink of mass starvation. We speak to four families about how they are surviving.
76 million to improved crisis response
NORCAP has signed a three-year framework agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is important to ensure quick and efficient access to competent and experienced personnel when a crisis hits, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, says.
NRC signing agreement with Sida
Today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) signed a three years framework agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
EU-Turkey deal makes seeking refuge in Europe “mission impossible” for most vulnerable
Flawed policies are eroding refugee rights, say IRC, NRC & Oxfam in joint report released today
US foreign aid cuts threaten lives in world’s poorest countries
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.
Mosul: A dangerous escape
180,000 people have fled west Mosul since the latest offensive there started on the 19 of February this year.
UK Government allocates £16 million to critical drought response in Somalia
The UK Government has announced it will fund a £16 million programme to help avert famine in Somalia over the coming months. It will support more than 450 000 people with life-saving interventions and particularly food and water support.
Six years of war push civilians to the brink while aid continues to be restricted
Six years since the start of the war in Syria, 13.5 million people remain in need of aid in dire and deteriorating conditions. Half as many are displaced in their own country, with almost five million refugees in neighbouring countries where conditions keep getting increasingly desperate.
Her business is only an ID card away
In Mali, women without identity cards are particularly susceptible to harassment – and are often left with no legal rights in their home country.
Renewed US ban bounces refugees from hope to despair again
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply dismayed by the new executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement issued today by US President Donald Trump, barring citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States of America, while suspending the refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
Providing refugee children with primary education
PAKISTAN/Quetta: Alarmingly low enrolment rates show that only under half of Afghan refugee children attend primary school in the Pakistani province, Balochistan.
So close, yet so far away
Historically united as one community, villages Zhovte and Lobacheve in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine are today separated as a result of war.
Buying water when the rain fails
In southern Somalia, drought has killed people’s livestock and destroyed their crops. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provides cash aid to families depending on expensive water and food.
Crown Prince becomes patron of the Norwegian Refugee Council
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has become a patron of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), supporting the organisation’s work to protect the rights of people forced to flee.
Colombia's last hope
When Enilda Jimenén was just 7 years old she fled for her life. Colombian guerrillas had killed her brother. When she was 15 they shot her father dead. This is Enilda’s story of resilience, strength and hope.
Military fire against school in Eastern Afghanistan
“Two students were tragically and needlessly killed in Laghman Province, and seven others and a teacher injured, when a mortar round struck their school. We cannot let children and schools continue to become victims of this escalating conflict,” said NRC Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke.
A haven for Europe’s newest refugees
GREECE, Thessaloniki: The Norwegian Refugee Council is providing apartments for refugees stranded in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, giving them a chance at regaining a normal life.
Aid workers released in Yemen
Three national staff, three casual workers and a contracted driver from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have been released after they were detained for a week in Al Hudaydah, Yemen.
Famine strikes South Sudan
The Norwegian Refugee Council is deeply saddened by the announcement of a famine in South Sudan on 20 February. NRC will work to support families most at risk, especially in Leer and Mayendit counties where famine has been declared.
When does hunger become famine?
"Famine" is a term defined by clear criteria. When humanitarian actors warn against it, a population’s lack of access to food has already started claiming lives.
Cross-border fire into Eastern Afghanistan displaces hundreds of Afghan families
“Military fire across the border into Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces has forced Afghan families to flee their homes. Whether indiscriminate or specifically targeted, such attacks forcibly displace civilians, violating International Humanitarian Law, and must stop,” said NRC Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke
NRC staff detained in Yemen
Oslo, Norway: Following a relief aid distribution on the 14th of February in Al Hudaydah, Yemen, local authorities detained 6 Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) national staff and a contracted driver.
Seven steps to saving lives and assisting people in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
One step closer to work
TURKEY, Ankara: 1,000 Syrian refugees and local participants recently completed a four months vocational training implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) together with two local education institutes.
Surviving on one meal a day
In northeast Nigeria, humanitarian needs are reaching critical levels, with an estimated 15 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
New opportunities for Afghan youth
“It’s easier to find work now,” Esmatullah (18) says with happiness. After having earned a diploma in plumbing, the young Afghan man is finally able to earn money and support his family.
Kenya: High court rules to stop closure of Dadaab
The high court in Kenya issues a ruling to stop the closure of the world’s largest refugee camp Dadaab, housing thousands of Somali refugees.
Yemen war causing world’s worst food crisis
Two years since the conflict escalated in Yemen, more than 17 million Yemenis do not know if they will be able to put food on the table to feed their families, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today at the start of a donor conference for Yemen.
“Trump is dismantling all our dreams”
Trump’s order to curb immigration has put the lives of thousands of refugees on hold and placed the burden of hosting refugees on countries that are already overburdened.
Trump is harming refugees
The United States has a long and proud tradition of fighting against discrimination and for human rights worldwide. Since World War II, the country has been a driving force and guarantor for protection of refugees. With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, this tradition is being broken.
ACAPS app: Better understanding of crises
ACAPS launches their Crisis Alert App today, making it easier to understand and keep yourself informed about the world’s crises.
"This policy will have profound consequences”
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that halted the United States refugee resettlement program for 120 days, indefinitely suspended the program for Syrian refugees, reduced the overall target for resettled refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for this fiscal year, and instituted a de-facto religious litmus test favouring Christians for future resettlement places.
Had no choice but to leave
Ethiopia: Conflict and drought has forced 6,000 families to flee their homes in the Oromia and Somali regions.
Why cash matters
Want to know more about the use of cash in humanitarian work? NORCAP cash expert, Jacqueline Frize, currently working in Jordan, gives you the basics.
Trump may deny safe haven to refugees
Statement by Joel Charny, Director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA On the Trump Administration's Executive Order To Halt US Refugee Resettlement Program
Since snow swept through northern Greece earlier this month, the Norwegian Refugee Council has rushed to move refugee families and children into unoccupied hotels from unsuitable camps and settlements.