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Yemen: All-time high cost of living driving families to despair
Yemen’s skyrocketing inflation is driving families to further cut down on their meals, edging them closer to hunger and malnutrition.
Violence impacts over 700,000 children due to school closures in Cameroon
Attacks against education and killings, kidnappings and harassment of students and teachers, are forcing schools to close and pushing vulnerable children further to the margins.
Thousands of people in DR Congo are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance amid a new surge of violence
A new wave of violence in Ituri province in eastern DR Congo has forced aid organisations to reduce or suspend their activities, leaving thousands of families without life-saving humanitarian support, including food assistance, education and health services.
Colombia: Conflict persists five years after peace deal
Five years after Colombia’s historic peace deal, close to 5 million people are still displaced by armed conflict. Increased international support is needed to alleviate the escalating humanitarian crisis.
World leaders must turn attention to the dire humanitarian situation in Libya
As world leaders meet today in Paris for the international conference on Libya’s forthcoming elections, hosted by France, the Norwegian Refugee Council calls for real action to address the growing humanitarian needs of Libyans and migrants across the country.
“Shocking to witness Europe’s inability to properly handle such a low number of migrants stranded at the Poland-Belarus border”
Statement from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General Jan Egeland about the situation at the border between Poland and Belarus.
Humanitarian needs in Iran rise as 300,000 Afghans arrive since Taliban takeover
The Norwegian Refugee Council calls for more funding and responsibility sharing, as 4,000 to 5,000 Afghans flee across the border to Iran daily.
NGOs call for better responsibility-sharing three years after the Global Compact on Refugees
Three years since the launch of the Global Compact on Refugees the international community has yet to deliver on its promise to better share responsibility for refugees, according to a new report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). World leaders must urgently accelerate efforts to find lasting solutions for refugees and their host communities.
“Climate change is a massive speed bump to the development of Africa”
NORCAP expert Romeo Nkurunziza has taken a substantial part in the recently released State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Now, he hopes the report will be a central document during the most important climate summit of the year, COP26 in Glasgow.
Yemen: Marib’s civilians are under attack and cut off from life-saving aid
October has been the bloodiest month in years in Marib, with more than 100 civilians, including children, killed or injured.
NRC’s suspension in Ethiopia extended by two months
The Ethiopian authorities have ordered NRC to suspend its operations by a further two months.
Sudan's rulers must protect civilians, keep commitments to allow humanitarian aid to reach millions of people affected by war
Statement by Will Carter, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Sudan Country Director:
Statement on the resumption of humanitarian activities in Burkina Faso
As of 21 October, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has resumed its activities in Burkina Faso after the suspension initially ordered by the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Humanitarian Action on 27 September was lifted.
The LEGO Foundation funded project provides hope and learning through play
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and The LEGO Foundation are partnering up to provide children in northern Colombia with playful learning opportunities as a combination of conflict, displacement and Covid-19 has forced many children out of school.
Libya’s violent crackdown against migrants and refugees intensifies
Libya’s violent crackdown against migrants and refugees has escalated with at least six shot dead after several hundred fled a major detention centre in Tripoli on 8 October.
Aid agencies: An end to independent monitoring of the conflict in Yemen puts millions of lives at additional risk
Mass arrests of more than 500 migrants in Libya
Statement by Dax Roque, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Libya Country Director, on reports of mass arrests and detention of more than 500 migrants in Tripoli this morning.
Statement on the suspension of programmes in Burkina Faso
The Norwegian Refugee Council has suspended humanitarian programmes in Burkina Faso following a Government directive
Afghanistan is on a countdown to economic collapse
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, who is currently visiting Afghanistan.
Burkina Faso: 275,000 people forced to flee new surge in violence
A slow and insufficient humanitarian response is forcing people to choose between violence or hunger, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
NRC update on suspension of operations in Ethiopia
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is continuing dialogue with the authorities while operations remain suspended.
The Global Education Cluster and the EU are working with partners to strengthen rapid education responses
Every child has the right to develop their talents and competencies to unlock their potential, starting from early childhood and throughout their schooling and vocational training. This right does not cease in humanitarian emergencies.
Water crisis and drought threaten more than 12 million in Syria and Iraq
More than 12 million people in Syria and Iraq are losing access to water, food and electricity and urgent action is needed to combat a severe water crisis, 13 aid groups working in the region warn today.
Afghanistan on the brink of major humanitarian crisis
Escalating conflict is increasing suffering and humanitarian needs for millions of Afghans across the country.
Thousands of critically ill patients stranded with Sana’a airport closure
Sana’a’s airport closure for the fifth consecutive year has left stranded at least 32,000 critically ill Yemeni patients in need of life-saving treatment abroad, since the first and last medical flights in February last year.
Band aid won’t get Lebanon out of the abyss
Statement by Carlo Gherardi, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director for Lebanon.
Statement on the suspension of programmes in Ethiopia
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has suspended its humanitarian programmes in Ethiopia following a directive from the Government of Ethiopia.
Surge in Covid-19 plunges Myanmar into humanitarian catastrophe amidst political crisis and conflict
Joint statement from 16 aid agencies warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar.
Israel destroys homes in Humsa Al-Bqai’a Bedouin community
The Israeli authorities must immediately halt attempts to forcibly transfer around 70 Palestinians, including 35 children, the Norwegian Refugee Council said today, after bulldozers demolished all of the community’s property.
MALI: Security action hampers development
Development must be part of the broader security efforts in Mali, not something to be added after security is ensured, says NORDEM expert Hanna Mollan. She recently finished her two-and-a-half-year long mission in the West African country.
Strengthening Protection of Children in the Maldives
The island paradise has been hard hit by the pandemic, resulting in a significant set-back for the important progress made to protect children, NORCAP expert Kate Halvorsen reports.
Greece: The important hidden impact
Having the right policies or procedures in place can have a life-changing impact on people’s lives. Read on to find out how NORCAP’s capacity building project contributes to improving conditions for refugees in Greece.
Israeli authorities demolish shop in Silwan, 15 families at imminent risk
The residents of Al-Bustan area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood are at risk of being forcibly displaced from their homes, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned, after the Israeli authorities commenced demolitions in the area today.
22 International humanitarian organisations celebrate refugee resilience and call for more support to help build livelihoods ahead of World Refugee Day
This year marks the 20th World Refugee Day with the theme “Together we heal, learn and shine.” Today, 22 international humanitarian organisations working in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps celebrate the incredible resilience, strength and courage of people forced to flee, who shine through the hardships they’ve encountered.
LIBYA CONFERENCE: True stability in Libya will only come about by rebuilding people’s lives
World leaders must seize the opportunity at a conference on the future of Libya this week to make continued commitments to addressing the humanitarian needs of a population who have not known peace for more than a decade, four aid groups working in Libya said today.
“Today’s global displacement figures are an epic failure of humanity”
Reaction by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on the newly released global displacement figures:
Tipping point for Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis
Ahead of the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants on 17 June, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls on international donors to dig deep and mobilize urgently needed resources to improve the lives of more than five million Venezuelans who have fled poverty, hunger or violence in their country.
Severe drought threatens three million Afghans
Time is running out for more than three million Afghans likely to be acutely affected by a drought this year. The looming crisis comes on top of an already critical situation in Afghanistan, with worsening conflict and severe socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.
Burkina Faso, Solhan attack: statement by NRC Country Director Manenji Mangundu
Statement by Manenji Mangundu, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Burkina Faso, on the Solhan attack of 5 June.
NORCAP expertise vital to Beirut urban response
NORCAP’s rapid support and coordination expertise ensured a critical and timely contribution to the urban response to the Beirut Port explosion, according to partner organisation UN-Habitat.
Meet two NORCAP experts working in the world's most neglected crises
Every year, NRC publishes the list of the ten most neglected displacement crises in the world, to shine the spotlight on these forgotten emergencies. How much do we know about the worlds most neglected crises? Meet two NORCAP experts working in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon and learn more about their experiences in the crises that never make the news.
Cameroon’s underfunded crisis hampers action for gender equality
When humanitarian crises don’t receive the level of funding allowing to meet distinct needs, attention to gender equality is far more likely to fall through the cracks, writes Delphine Brun, GenCap adviser to the humanitarian community in Cameroon.
DR Congo tops list of world’s most neglected crises
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world’s most neglected displacement crisis according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) annual list, due to overwhelming needs and an acute lack of funding, as well as media and diplomatic inattention.