Latest news from NRC
Global funding appeal offers hope to vulnerable Venezuelans
Millions of vulnerable people in Venezuela could be handed a vital lifeline following today’s launch of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan, which is seeking $223 million to reach 2.6 million people in need. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is urging donor countries to support the appeal and for the Government of Venezuela to grant humanitarian agencies unrestricted access to reach those desperately in need.
Displaced Afghans resort to desperate measures as support dwindles
One year after the worst drought on record forced nearly half a million Afghans to leave their homes, many families remain in tents on the outskirts of Herat city. Unable to return home due to ongoing conflict, they struggle to survive as support is cut back
Calling on Lebanese Authorities to Stop the Demolition of Refugees’ Homes
Joint statement by the Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum (LHIF), of which NRC is a member.
NRC staff and civilians trapped due to fighting in Aden
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is extremely concerned for the safety of its staff and civilians trapped in their homes after fighting broke out in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.
Future of aid work at risk in Iran due to U.S. sanctions
The delivery of aid to Afghan refugees and flood victims in Iran is at risk because banks are refusing to transfer money to aid agencies due to fear of sanctions.
Airport closure amounts to death sentence for thousands of sick Yemenis
Three years of restrictions imposed on Yemen’s airspace by the Saudi-led coalition is preventing thousands of sick Yemeni civilians from seeking urgent medical treatment outside the country, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and CARE said today.
Boko Haram conflict causing misery to millions 10 years on
Ten years since the beginning of a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the living conditions for displaced people are continuing to deteriorate at an alarming rate due to inadequate and overcrowded facilities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for increased efforts to improve their living conditions and prevent an imminent cholera outbreak.
Demolitions in Sur Baher set dangerous precedent for Palestinian communities
Jerusalem, 22 July 2019 — The demolition of 10 buildings by Israeli forces in the Sur Baher neighbourhood in East Jerusalem today, totalling around 70 apartments, is a grave breach of international humanitarian law and sets a dangerous precedent, the Norwegian Refugee Council said today.
U.S. aid cuts to Central America cruel and counterproductive
Proposed U.S. cuts in aid for poor Central Americans will only exacerbate the crises and force more people to flee, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which assists victims of violence in the region.
Alarming lack of funding for relief work
Half way into the year, humanitarian organisations have received only 27 per cent of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide.
Help buy a bike – and change a refugee’s life
Imagine you’re a refugee in a foreign country. You have no income and few possessions. You desperately need transport so you can earn money to feed your family. But the nearest town is 20km away and the bus fare is expensive. What do you do?
Statement on the outcome of the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the commitments to minimise civilian casualties as well as ensure the security of schools made jointly by participants of the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference which ended in Qatar yesterday.
Mosul: Over 300,000 still unable to go back home two years since end of war
More than 300,000 residents of Mosul district are still displaced with no homes to go back to, two years since the end of the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group. They make up about a fifth of Iraq’s entire displaced population of 1.6 million right now.
Extreme levels of hunger in South Sudan as country marks eight years of independence
The people of South Sudan are bracing themselves for what could be another catastrophic food crisis with almost seven million people facing extreme levels of hunger. As the country prepares to mark eight years of independence next week, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on all parties to the conflict to make the most out of the extension to the peace agreement and work towards ending the country´s disturbing cycle of hunger and conflict.
Congolese refugees fleeing to Uganda nearly double to 8,000 in past month
Thousands are crossing Lake Albert by boat to Uganda, escaping horrific inter-ethnic violence. Refugee reception centres are being overwhelmed, as emergency aid is running short.
Demolition of homes in Arsal
Statement by Save the Children, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Oxfam, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), World Vision, Terre des hommes Foundation, and Action Against Hunger (ACF) following the demolition of refugees homes in Arsal
Collaboration on cash programming
Network calls for collaboration between NGOs providing cash programming to improve efficiency and impact.
Statement on Renewal of MINUSMA’s mandate
Statement by Hassane Hamadou, Country Director of Mali at the Norwegian Refugee Council in reaction to the renewal of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA.
Protecting people from gender-based violence
NORCAP experts warn that a long-term approach is needed to address gender-based violence in Mozambique. Three months after Cyclone Idai, humanitarian agencies are scaling down efforts in the affected areas, but the work is far from over.
Death rates and displacement will rise in Central America without urgent global support
Extreme violence, insecurity and poverty have left over a million people in dire need in the North of Central America. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that death rates and displacement will continue to rise, and humanitarian agencies will be forced to close if the international community do not ramp up efforts to support vulnerable people across the volatile region.
Humanitarian emergency at unprecedented level in Sahel
Dakar, 27 June 2019 - UN aid agencies and NGOs warned today that surging armed violence in the Sahel has propelled forced displacement and humanitarian emergency to unprecedented levels. They called for stepped-up support and greater efforts to address the causes of the region’s crises.
300,000 displaced following fresh violence in DR Congo
Up to 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in DR Congo after extreme violence, including reports of rape and indiscriminate killings, erupted in Ebola-stricken Ituri province. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on the international community to seek urgent solutions to end the bloodshed and to stop the humanitarian crisis from spiralling out of control.
Pluralsight One partnering with the Norwegian Refugee Council
Today, on World Refugee Day, we are announcing a partnership with Pluralsight One, the philanthropic arm of technology skills development company Pluralsight. Pluralsight One focuses on enabling access to technology skills to support freedom, equality and opportunity around the globe.
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.