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Urgent action needed to tackle triple threat of conflict, flooding and hunger in South Sudan
Rising levels of armed violence, and almost 500,000 people displaced by floods and looming famine in five states are deepening an already dire humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Renewed fighting in many parts of the country has escalated to levels as serious as any, since the conflict started in 2013. Delivery of humanitarian assistance continues to face significant obstructions particularly in areas hardest-to-reach. Four aid workers have also been killed in the line of duty this year alone.
Afghanistan girls’ high school severely damaged in airstrike and fighting
Recent fighting between Afghan security forces and armed opposition groups has destroyed a girls’ high school in Faryab province in Northern Afghanistan. The destruction of the school has robbed more than 3,000 students of their classrooms.
Israel displaces more Palestinian Bedouins, seizes their tents in Humsa Al-Bqai’a
Israel seized more tents donated by humanitarian organisations to Palestinian Bedouins in Humsa Al-Bqai’a yesterday, continuing to block international aid since demolishing or confiscating 46 structures in the community in one week.
Buildings belonging to NRC destroyed in Ethiopia's Tigray
Buildings set up to serve refugees were among several destroyed in Ethiopia’s Tigray region according to satellite imagery received by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). In addition to NRC facilities, a school and a health clinic were also damaged and burned down in Hitsaats and Shimelba refugee camps in recent weeks.
Statement: Reacting to reports that the US Government intends to revoke the designation of Ansar Allah as a terrorist organisation
Reacting to reports that the US Government intends to revoke the designation of Ansar Allah as a terrorist organisation, Yemen Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Mohamed Abdi, said:
Beirut: Securing property and coordination
In the aftermath of the devastating Beirut explosion last year, Lebanon continues to struggle with a number of crises. Since the blast, NORCAP experts have supported the coordination of humanitarian efforts and securing housing, land and property rights in affected neighbourhoods.
Myanmar’s political crisis could spell humanitarian disaster if aid groups are restricted
Following the political crisis in Myanmar on 1 February, aid organisations are concerned about the impact on the humanitarian situation and relief operations in the country.
Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland: Aid still not reaching Tigray
Twelve weeks since the start of conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, meaningful humanitarian operations have still not begun. Aid organisations are unable to reach the Central and Western parts of the region, and two refugee camps are completely inaccessible.
Statement on the killing of NRC staff member in Mogadishu, Somalia
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) deeply regrets to confirm that we lost one of our colleagues in NRC Somalia during yesterday’s indiscriminate attacks in Mogadishu.
Beirut blast six months on: Thousands still homeless with poverty on the rise
Six months since the Beirut explosion, thousands of families face a new wave of homelessness because of rising poverty, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.
Aid agencies make unprecedented and united call for Biden administration to revoke Ansar Allah terrorist designation
Twenty-two aid organisations working in Yemen remain extremely concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the designation of Ansar Allah as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT), which came into effect on 19 January.
Appointment: NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland to chair UN advisory panel on Syria
Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Jan Egeland has been appointed Chair of an Independent Senior Advisory Panel on humanitarian deconfliction in the Syrian Arab Republic by UN Secretary General António Guterres.
Corporate partnership: NRC and Twilio offer lifeline to displaced during pandemic
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has teamed up with Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform, to improve communication and information access for thousands of refugees and displaced people throughout the pandemic.
Effective tomorrow 19 January 2021: US sanctions on Yemen will fuel the flames of war and starvation for millions
Statement by the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland:
Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic
Humanitarian operations in several parts of the Central African Republic are at a standstill due to ongoing election unrest and heightened insecurity, leaving many of the 2.8 million people in need of essential humanitarian aid without access to life-saving assistance.
Statement on US designation of Ansar Allah as a terrorist organisation
Reacting on the US designation of Ansar Allah as a terrorist organisation, NRC said:
Five green NORCAP initiatives from 2020
NORCAP has continued to expand work on clean energy and climate issues this year, knowing how vital this is to both present and future livelihoods. Here are five green highlights from 2020.
Building women's climate resilience
When droughts, floods and hurricanes strike, women are disproportionately affected. Four female NORCAP climate experts are working to counteract that, providing crucial climate information to women in rural communities in Africa.
Gender-based violence beyond the crises
As seen with the covid-19 pandemic, gender-based violence is often exacerbated by crises. But in order to combat violence towards women and girls, we need to address the underlying causes that were already in place before emergency struck, writes Delphine Brun, senior GenCap adviser at OCHA Cameroon.
Nobel Peace Prize to WFP: "Giving people emergency food is only the beginning"
“We must work to make people less dependent on food aid and more self-sufficient”, says Helen Kape Peters in NORCAP. Helen, who herself has experienced food insecurity as a refugee, believes this is one of the most important issues facing Nobel Peace Prize winner World Food Programme (WFP), and partners such as NORCAP, in the coming years.
Yemen: People still killed and maimed daily two years since Stockholm Agreement
A new wave of violence has flared in the governorate at the heart of Yemen’s Stockholm Agreement, threatening the ceasefire signed in December 2018 to halt fierce fighting in Hodeidah port city. Two years on from that agreement, over a thousand people (1,249) have been maimed or killed by armed conflict in Hodeidah governorate. This single governorate accounts for almost a quarter of all deaths and injuries in Yemen since the agreement was inked.
Hundreds of thousands still waiting for humanitarian aid in Honduras and Guatemala
More than four weeks since tropical storms Eta and Iota devastated Honduras and Guatemala, more than 400,000 people remain in temporary shelters, while thousands are living on the streets in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
“Aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region can no longer wait”, NRC urges
Reacting to the ongoing access challenges into Ethiopia's Tigray region, Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General, Jan Egeland, said:
Yemen: NRC reaction to hunger statistics by the UN today
Without urgent action, 13.5 million Yemenis are currently at risk of starvation and close to 17,000 people are already living in famine conditions.
Aid access deal for people in Ethiopia’s Tigray must mean lifeline for all in need
“The announcement that we will finally be given access to conflict zones in Tigray is a welcome development for all humanitarians operating in the region," said Jan Egeland.
Nearly 40 million at heightened risk of violence, discrimination and rights abuses as Covid spawns a ‘coping crisis’
A new report reveals a severe deterioration in international efforts to protect the world’s most vulnerable people, with human rights violations including gender-based violence, trafficking and child recruitment on the rise.
Immense challenges awaits newly elected president
Statement by Manenji Mangundu, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Burkina Faso, on the preliminary presidential election results.
Reactive statement on the Afghanistan conference 2020
Statement by Adam Combs, Asia, Europe and Latin America Regional Director, Norwegian Refugee Council
Dire conditions face refugees fleeing Ethiopia to Sudan
Pregnant women, separated families and sick elderly people are among thousands of refugees continuing to arrive daily into Sudan from conflict-stricken Ethiopia. Many appear traumatised and all are in dire need of humanitarian support.
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on the potential designation of Ansar Allah, Yemen, as a terrorist organisation
"The Norwegian Refugee Council joins other humanitarian organisations in expressing deep concern at the prospect of additional, near-insurmountable hurdles to providing lifesaving aid in Yemen."
Aid groups warn G20 leaders must act to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in wake of Covid-19 economic recession
Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia on 21 November, 11 aid organisations are calling for early action to prevent soaring rates of hunger and malnutrition resulting from the pandemic-related global economic recession.
10 attacks on Palestinian education per month by Israeli authorities and settlers
PRESS RELEASE: Israeli forces, private security guards, and settlers launched an average of 10 attacks per month on West Bank kindergarten and school students, staff and facilities between January 2018 and June 2020, a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council reveals today.
Joint statement from INGO's: ASEAN must prevent another “Rohingya boat crisis”
Southeast Asian leaders must do everything they can to protect refugees and prevent a repeat of this year’s “boat crisis” when some 200 refugees lost their lives at sea, 16 humanitarian agencies said today ahead of the 37th ASEAN Summit.
Teachers and peace promotion in Mali
Despite the various challenges they face, teachers are showing an incredible dedication to their profession, writes Leandro Salazar-Lievano, our education expert deployed to UNHCR Mali.
Iraq’s camp closures leave 100,000 people in limbo
PRESS RELEASE: The ongoing rapid closure of displacement camps in Iraq is rendering homeless more than 100,000 people in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and at the onset of winter.
Statement from Secretary General of NRC Jan Egeland on escalating tensions in Ethiopia
Mr. Egeland said: "The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is profoundly concerned about escalating tensions in Ethiopia, a country already contending with mass displacement and widespread humanitarian needs."
Covid-19 and conflict forced over 12 million children from school across Africa's Central Sahel region
A staggering 12 million children missed up to four months of school across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger due to Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, 776,000 children were prevented from attending school the entire year due to insecurity, new figures by the Norwegian Refugee Council have revealed.
Israel to demolish European-funded school in central West Bank
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply concerned by the Israeli military’s planned demolition of a European-funded Palestinian primary school in Ras At-Tin herding community in the central West Bank.
Statement by Secretary General of NRC Jan Egeland on today's Nobel Peace Prize announcement
"The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) extends very warm and sincere congratulations to the World Food Programme (WFP), an exceptionally worthy recipient for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and an organisation with which we are proud to partner."
Statement following investigation into alleged Al Hol camp smuggling
Following reports linking the Norwegian Refugee Council to alleged smuggling of people from Al Hol camp in Syria, we have conducted thorough internal investigations and can firmly establish that these reports are untrue.
NGOs call for drastic scale-up of assistance amid soaring needs in Far North Region of Cameroon
Relentless attacks on civilians, large scale floods and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are exacerbating an already critical humanitarian crisis in Cameroon’s Far North. International NGOs active in the region are calling for a drastic scale-up of the humanitarian response to address the needs of the most vulnerable.
Greening humanitarian operations – one solar panel at the time
NRC South Sudan is replacing their old diesel generators with renewable energy assisted by NORCAP. They encourage the humanitarian sector to follow their example.
Yemen: 900 airstrike and shelling hits on farms in three years
Yemeni farms have been hit at least 918 times by airstrikes and shelling in less than three years, further exacerbating Yemen’s severe food crisis. The country is rapidly facing a new famine as millions are left without enough to eat.
New research shows devastating economic impact of Covid-19 on displaced
More than three quarters of displaced and conflict-affected people surveyed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have lost income since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis, the organisation said in a report released today.