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NORDEM expert ensures safer elections in Madagascar
Safer and quicker handling of voting lists and election results are contributing to calmer elections in Madagascar, thanks to a NORDEM deployee.
Highest number of people displaced since World War II – Ethiopia tops list
Ethiopia has the highest number of new displacements globally, as new figures reveal over 70 million people are on the move worldwide - the highest number ever recorded.
A quarter million Yemenis newly displaced six months since Stockholm ceasefire
Violence in Yemen continued unabated in the six months following the landmark Stockholm Agreement, with tens of thousands of people newly displaced, more children losing their lives to mines, and key supply routes shut down.
Cameroon tops list of most neglected crises
Cameroon tops the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual list of the world’s most neglected displacement crises launched today.
Schools in Afghanistan must be protected during turbulent election periods
As the third International Conference on Safe Schools gets underway, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for better protection measures for schools in Afghanistan during turbulent election periods so that potential outbreaks of violence do not disrupt children’s access to quality education.
Statement on outcome from the international conference on “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises”
Statement by Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director NORCAP, in reaction to the outcome from the international conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises.
Improved support for sexually abused children
Children and adolescent survivors of sexual violence and abuse often need specific help and support in an emergency. Meet the NORCAP experts, Megan Lind and Irene Quizon, who work on the Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative - established to strengthen the support provided to those most vulnerable.
Statement in relation to the international conference to end sexual violence in humanitarian crises
Statement by Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Jan Egeland ahead of the international conference: “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises” which takes place in Oslo, Norway, 23-24 May:
Mother of four describes airstrike escape in Gaza
A recent escalation of violence in Gaza has left dozens of families homeless and in need of aid. Within 48 hours of the ceasefire on 6 May 2019, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was able to provide essential sanitary equipment and emergency bedding to almost 300 people.
Violence has pushed thousands of children in Honduras and El Salvador out of school
Almost half of all children surveyed living in neighbourhoods where criminal gangs are present in Honduras and El Salvador do not have access to education, according to new reports by the Norwegian Refugee Council.
NRC statement on UN Security Council meeting
Statement by Norwegian Refugee Council's country director in Yemen Mohamed Abdi:
Mali: Displacement figure triples because of violence and military operations
The number of people forced to flee their homes in Mali increased by 360 per cent last year because of violence and military operations, according to a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). The number of people displaced has continued to increase in the first months of 2019 resulting in alarming humanitarian needs.
NRC statement to the UN Security Council on Cameroon
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Secretary General, Jan Egeland, to the United Nations Security Council Arria-Formula meeting on his visit to assess the humanitarian situation in Cameroon, and recommendations on the way forward
What you should know about people who are displaced in their own country
Last year alone, 28 million people were displaced in their own country as a result of conflict and disaster, according to a new report from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
More people displaced inside their own countries than ever before
10 May 2019, Geneva – A record 41.3 million people are displaced inside their own countries because of conflict and violence, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
South Sudanese people long for peace as key deadline passes
South Sudan’s leaders must ensure a power-sharing government is in place within the new extended timeframe as millions of war-weary citizens cannot afford any more delays to the peace process, the Norwegian Refugee Council has warned.
NRC and BCG: Together again across the finish line
To build on last year’s success, NRC are again running with BCG in the annual Holmenkollstafetten relay to raise awareness for our work in hard-to-reach areas.
On-the-record update on the drought situation in Somalia
Below average rains since last October have resulted in the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia leaving an estimated 2.2 million people, almost half of which are internally displaced persons, in urgent need of food.
Education for Syrian refugees at risk
Syrian refugee parents are fighting for their children’s right to education and to prevent their children from becoming a lost generation.
Eastern DRC: Tens of thousands forcibly displaced by surge in violence
Humanitarian organisations call for urgent assistance
On-the-record update on situation in Hajjah and Hodeidah, Yemen
Almost five months since the Hodeidah ceasefire and Stockholm agreement came into effect in December 2018, parties to the conflict continue to engage in active fighting across many parts of the country with heavy fighting taking place in Hajjah, parts of Hodeidah city and governorate, Taizz, Sa’ada and Al Dhale in Southern Yemen.
New report: 45,000 children may become stateless in post-IS Iraq
An estimated 45,000 displaced children in camps are missing civil documentation and may face total exclusion from Iraqi society: barred from attending school, denied access to healthcare and deprived of their most basic rights, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns today in a new report.
Deadly floods displace hundreds of thousands of people in Iran
Severe flooding has forced 366,000 people from their homes, and killed 76 people in 25 of 31 provinces in Iran. With infrastructure, facilities and livelihoods hit hard, immediate and long-term assistance and support is needed to help over 2 million people recover to normal life.
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 north-east 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.
Equinor employees choose to support Norwegian Refugee Council with 2.5MNOK
At the end of February, NRC was informed that the employees of Equinor had chosen to give a large Christmas gift to support our work in the field.
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.