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UN ‘Level 3 emergency’ declared in DR Congo highlights scale of crisis
The United Nations’ activation of its highest level of emergency for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will allow lifesaving resources to be channelled to the under-funded crisis.
Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands
(Athens, October 23, 2017) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today.
Disasters will displace 14 million people every year
Unless we act now, nearly 14 million people will be forced to from flee floods, earthquakes and storms every year in the next two decades, warns a new report on climate change and internal displacement.
Grim milestone: Somalia drought and conflict forces one million people to flee
Over 1 million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought.
South Sudan: Seize this chance for peace
The United Kingdom and Norway must step up to help end South Sudan’s war before the window of opportunity slams shut, argues Jan Egeland.
A better education, a better life
“As a parent I always worry about my children going to a school far away,” says Ibrahim Fares, a father of two. “It worries me all the time.”
Addressing broken promises: education for all
Around the world, millions of children and youth are deprived of the right to education. Every day, NORCAP experts work hard to support our partners to reach the global goal of education for all by 2030. Meet four of our deployees who have dedicated their lives to fighting for children’s right to education.
Education is still a priority
As the Syrian crisis is in its seventh year accessing formal education is still difficult for refugees. Hundred thousands of children are deprived from education opportunities as they are forced to help their families make ends meet. However, for 17-year old Yasmine* and her family education remains a top priority.
Struggling to grow food in South Sudan
For Mary Nyadeng, every day is a struggle to put food on the table for her six children. Support from NRC has made life a little easier.
Why cash is smart aid
Cash experts Mark Henderson and Roger Dean give you five reasons why cash assistance is smart assistance.
Forcing displaced Nigerians may worsen crisis
Forcing displaced Nigerians to return home now is likely to worsen a fragile humanitarian crisis, argues Jan Egeland.
Hundreds of people displaced by clashes in the Central African Republic are now returning to their homes in Dékoa, a town in centre of the country.
Afraid to return
Displaced families in Nigeria’s war-torn north-east are still too scared to return home.
New study: Displaced Nigerians too scared to return home
The vast majority of the 1.8 million people displaced in northeast Nigeria are not ready to return home, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s new report, ‘Not Ready to Return’.
Building a city in a matter of days
Close to 800, 000 refugees in Bangladesh need shelter urgently. Our NORCAP experts are involved in constructing what might become one of the world's largest refugee camps.
The farm mentor
Nigerian-born Danladi Mamza teaches vegetable farming to communities on the run from Boko Haram.
Water is life
In 2016, the Central African Republic declared a cholera outbreak originating from Ndjoukou. Now, new water points are bringing clean water to the area – preventing the spread of waterborne diseases.
Alarming lack of assistance to people in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine
Lack of permissions from Myanmar’s authorities for humanitarian organisations in Northern Rakhine State to do their work has left vulnerable civilians stranded without necessary support, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
High civilian needs as Hawiga is retaken
As the Iraqi government announced Hawiga retaken this morning, thousands of people are left displaced with no homes to return to.
Thousands flee Hawiga
Thousands of people are fleeing their homes as the military operation to retake the Iraqi districts of Shirqat and Hawiga continue.
Preparing refugee children to go back to school in Lebanon
Linda* and Vanessa* are two of thousands refugee children who have participated in non-formal education classes through the Norwegian Refugee Council. These classes prepare children who are not in school, for enrolment in public schools in Lebanon.
Back to school? Over 280,000 refugee children remain out of school in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon – As many Syrian refugees in Lebanon prepare to go back to school next week, over 280,000 remained out of school at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Child labour, safety concerns and capacity issues are hampering enrolment efforts, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Call for immediate humanitarian access
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
People in eastern Ukraine living without housing and compensation
The government should commit to provide solutions for civilians’ loss of access to housing, land and property.
A clean marketplace
Pay-as-you-go latrines have carved out a new business model at this busy Mogadishu market.
Failed diplomacy strangles civilians in Yemen
“Privileged neighbours and regional powers bring fuel to the fire, while Yemeni civilians pay the price for the war,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, ahead of a scheduled meeting today at the UN General Assembly to discuss Yemen’s escalating humanitarian crisis.
A fresh refill in the morning
In drought-ridden Ethiopia, new water stations are giving families clean water to drink and cook with.
Learning about Norwegian elections
What can the Norwegian parliamentary elections learn from countries with far less experience in democratic election processes? Election observers from seven countries gave their recommendations to Norway after the parliamentary elections earlier this month.
Ethiopia crisis worsens as drought prevails
The humanitarian crisis has worsened in drought-stricken Ethiopia, with almost three million additional people in need of humanitarian aid this year.
Short-term gaps in a long-term race
Humanitarian actors are readjusting their assessments as malnutrition and disease spread in Ethiopia.
Local problems, local solutions
How we’re promoting resilience and self-reliance among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Hussain wakes up at night, screaming
Afghanistan’s victims of war: In early August, armed men attacked the village of Mirza Olang in northern Afghanistan. Many were killed or taken captive. These are the stories of those who escaped.
The UN's roulette game with Colombia
The United Nations has picked a dangerous time to pull aid resources out of Colombia. In doing so, it threatens to unravel the fragile peace the country has fought so hard for.
Empowerment through employment
“Women are much stronger than men. Men are too dramatic, we can handle crises much better than they do,” says Eman.
Tailoring a future
She used to work long, exhausting days in the fields for Burmese landowners. Now, Naw Su Phaw wants to be her own boss.
DR Congo risks losing its next generation
The education situation in DR Congo is alarming, with 7.4 million children out of school across the country. Despite this, only 4 per cent of humanitarian funds have been received for education, 9 months into the year.
Nearly 600,000 civilians cut off from their pensions in Ukraine
As many as 600,000 Ukrainian citizens have lost or had their pensions suspended since December 2014. Most of them are elderly residents of non-government controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.
Millions of children miss school because of war and drought in East Africa
While students around the world go back to school, millions of children who fled conflict and drought in East Africa have no classes to attend.
Humanitarian Cash Assistance Provides Protection for Afghans in Iran
Financial assistance has been consistently flagged as a critical need and top priority in all exchanges with Afghan families. High prevalence of negative coping mechanisms, high inflation rate and limited livelihoods opportunities justify this need.
"Imperative that aid agencies can freely access Rakhine State"
Statement from the NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on Myanmar
Almost 800,000 children severely malnourished in the Lake Chad Region
Close to 800,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. “Lack of sufficient humanitarian funding is putting young children’s lives at risk,” warned the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Tal Afar is retaken by the Iraqi government as hundreds of thousands languish away from home
Erbil, Iraq: In the wake of the Iraqi government’s announcement that Tal Afar has been retaken from the Islamic State group hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded, with nowhere to go.
Starting a business in a refugee camp
In Uganda’s refugee settlements, refugee entrepreneurs get a chance to start a business and a new life.
Waiting for school to start
For the first time since she fled the violence in Burundi, Diane will have a safe learning environment again.