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NRC joins 13 agencies in urgent call to action for worsening Horn of Africa drought crisis
Recent drought in the Horn of Africa has led to an urgent food and water crisis. More than 15 million people in parts of Somalia, southeast Ethiopia, and north and east Kenya are in need of emergency aid due to the failure of the 2016 October - December rains in the region.
Don't forget us
“Here we are losing the time and chances, we are losing the time of our youth”, said an Afghan youth in Lesvos. She is one of approximately 18,000 youth refugees stranded in Greece.
Greece: Frustration mounts as temperatures fall
Snow and freezing temperatures have made it impossible for refugees in Greece to continue living in tents. NORCAP experts are alarmed and urge the EU to accelerate the relocation process.
Statement on airstrike on camp for displaced people in Borno, Nigeria
18 January 2017: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) strongly condemns yesterday’s indiscriminate attack on a displacement camp in Rann, northeastern Nigeria, where hundreds of people were sheltering from insecurity in Borno State.
Greece: Band-Aid responses to political decisions
The situation for what according to the Greek Government amounts to 60,000 refugees and migrants, stranded on the Greek mainland and islands, is becoming more desperate as winter hits with rare snowstorms and temperatures below zero.
“I can write it myself. It makes me feel really good”
In Iran, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to respond to the education and protection needs of Afghan refugees.
Cold hands, warm hearts
“We had forgotten what it feels like to be in a warm house,” says Hiyam (37) from Syria.
Faryab: Urgent needs among thousands displaced
Afghanistan: They left everything behind, they have nothing to eat and their children become sick from the cold. Up to 1,800 families are estimated to have been displaced following the recent fighting between Taliban and government forces in Afghanistan’s Faryab province.
Thousands displaced by Taliban winter advance in Faryab
“Thousands of civilians have been forced to suddenly flee their homes due to fighting in Faryab Province, and they urgently need humanitarian assistance in this bitter winter,” said Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke.
2017: Another busy year
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) expects 2017 to become another busy year for humanitarian workers.
Christmas in South Sudan
Three years ago, a devastating civil war broke out in the world’s youngest country. Meet three South Sudanese who spend their third Christmas at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in the capital of Juba.
The dressmaker from Myanmar
For several years, Htoo, 25, had to work for the armed group that abducted her and her brother. Now, she is a graduated dressmaker with NRC and works at a tailor shop in Myanmar.
Somalian Habiba challenges old prejudices
“What men can do, women can do even better,” says Habiba (22). She is one of very few women who study electrical installation at The Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) vocational school in the refugee camp Kakuma in Kenya.
Everybody needs to act
Attending this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco, we highlighted how climate services is a crucial tool to reaching the goals established in last year’s Paris agreement. But for it to succeed, everyone must pull together.
NORDEM joins NORCAP
As of 2017, NORDEM, the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human rights, will join NORCAP.
New partnerships to advance safety of journalists
In December NORCAP and UNESCO hosted a roundtable event with Norwegian and Scandinavian media enterprises, journalists’ unions, academia and international media development NGOs to discuss how to improve journalists’ safety and press freedom, especially in times of crisis or conflict.
Finding solace from sexual violence in Mosul
For the two past years, Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has languished under the rule of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Under their control, women and girls have been abducted, held in captivity, and subjected to rape, torture and abuse. Two women tell their stories to NORCAP deployee in Iraq, Sylvia Rognvik.
Displaced civilians still find hope in horror of conflict
- 67% want to return home if conditions allow, 59% wish to stay in Iraq | - Safety and security top concern followed by shelter, education, healthcare | - 82% of women say basic needs in camps met partly or not at all
Race against time for civilians fleeing Aleppo
Below zero degree temperatures and lack of shelter could threaten the lives of thousands of civilians who fled Aleppo city and fighting all across Syria in the past weeks.
Responding to the world's crises
NORCAP has more than 200 experts in the field at all times. Although every mission is different, deployees also have many similar experiences. Meet three of our Norwegian NORCAP experts, Sylvia, Sara and Annelies.
The eye of the storm
NIGERIA/Monguno: Monguno is a small town just a few hours by road north of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria. But for the past seven years of attacks by Boko Haram, and counter operations by the Nigerian military, that road has often been too dangerous to travel.
Never too late for education
SOUTH SUDAN/Turalei: In the midst of a conflict that has brought South Sudan in to the knees and massive displacement of populations inside South Sudan, inspiring stories can still be found of people who are determined to overcome hardship and shape their destiny.
Support in stressful times
NORCAP staff care adviser, Ardeshir Baiki wants all deployees to realise that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but strength.
EU leaders must start saving lives
EU leaders can save lives this winter if they change migration policies.
South Sudan orders second aid worker to leave
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply dismayed about the order for a second senior staff member to leave South Sudan in less than a week. NRC has not received any formal explanation of the charges against these two individuals. The latest incidents come on the eve of the third anniversary of the outbreak of South Sudan’s civil war, on 15 December 2013.
Ran from school
"I saw the men coming out of the bush. They shot, plundered and butchered people," says Daniel Boy (11).
It's Time to Address School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Emergency Settings
“In the village or the camp, girls can be raped. The armed groups can come and rape you, or make you go with them to be their wife. When I’m at school I feel protected from this because they don’t come here”.
Millions more will go hungry in 2017
After a 2016 that was disastrous for civilians, war ravaged Yemen will see an additional 2.5 million people go without enough to eat in 2017 if the current downward spiral is allowed to continue, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.
Pioneering peace in a polarised population
Two months after the people of Colombia voted no to the peace agreement, a new agreement has been approved and the president has received the Nobel Peace Prize. Restoring peace in Colombia is more urgent than ever, say NORCAP experts Devanna de la Puente and Åshild Falch.
Escaped a helicopter attack
"I was very scared," says Luz Carine (9) from Colombia. That is the only thing she remembers from the day she fled.
Fled for her life
"We had to run because we did not want to die," says Laydi Viviana (9) from Colombia.
NRC’s Country Director expelled from South Sudan
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply concerned about the expulsion of the Country Director of NRC South Sudan.
Colombia: Education is key to end the violence
For more than five decades, the armed conflict in Colombia has prevented the country’s youth from building a future. Now, they might soon be given a seat in the classroom.
We can do it!
The UN and humanitarian partners have launched the biggest ever appeal for humanitarian funding, asking for $22 billion to be able to assist 92.8 million people in 2017. “This level of funding can be achieved. It is less than half of US average annual military spending in Afghanistan,” said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Hunger affects millions in Nigeria
Millions go hungry in Nigeria, as its people are fleeing violence and suffering under the inflation of food prices.
Bleak prospects for people in eastern Ukraine
Two and a half years after conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine, life for people is harder than ever. “An increasing number of vulnerable civilians remain subject to deepening humanitarian hardship. They are starting to lose hope,” said Christopher Mehley, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Ukraine.
Terrible conditions for refugees in Greece
The Norwegian Refugee Council is deeply concerned about the conditions for refugees and migrants meeting the freezing winter weather in cold tents, warehouses and barracks in Greece.
Understanding statelessness in Syria
There are as many as 15 million stateless people worldwide and many more are at risk of statelessness because of problematic nationality laws and practices.
Drought in Somalia
Poor rainfall and water shortages in Somalia leave five million people facing acute food insecurity. “The signs we are noting at the moment is what we have not seen in the past 30 years of our life”, said a person living close to the Kenyan border. To prevent any further crisis, the humanitarian sector must act now.
The Netherlands support Jordan in coping with the protracted Syrian crisis
Part of the support will be channeled through a project implemented by NRC in consortium with the Justice Centre for Legal Aid (JCLA).