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International court orders protection of Rohingya people
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Secretary General Jan Egeland, on today’s International Court of Justice finding that Myanmar must take action to protect the Rohingya people.
Long-term solutions for the Rohingya response
Two years after the people of the Rohingya minority fled Myanmar, 900.000 refugees are trying to rebuild their lives in neighbouring Bangladesh. NORCAP experts support the humanitarian response and our projects target some of the most critical gaps in the assistance.
G5 Sahel summit: Civilians should be the priority in military discussions
While countries responsible for the military response to the conflicts in the Sahel meet in France on 13 January, Action Against Hunger (AAH), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Oxfam warn about the insufficient humanitarian aid and lack of protection of civilians.
US-Iran tension threatens lifeline to millions across the Middle East
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
CashCap: Connecting global discussions to communities in need
The use of cash and vouchers in humanitarian and development contexts has been steadily increasing in the last five years. CashCap is an active contributor to this trend, promoting cash in global and regional discussions as well as in the field . Three CashCap experts explain why working on all three levels is essential.
Implementing 1325: Challenges and opportunities
While supporting the implementation process of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the OSCE-area, it became clear to Ewa Sapiezynska what challenges she had to address in order to achieve change.
Debt and danger facing refugees in Uganda
Grim survival tactics are being adopted by desperate refugees in Uganda due to the critical underfunding of the humanitarian response. People are getting into debt, they are skipping meals to save food, parents are selling off their daughters and asylum seekers are engaging in ‘survival sex’ to make ends meet.
Refugees fleeing Turkey’s north east Syria operation say they can’t go back – NRC survey
The majority of refugees fleeing from Turkey’s military operation in north east Syria say they won’t return to their country, and plan on settling in Iraq.
Broken promises must end now
Support to poor countries hosting the bulk of the world’s refugees is lacking despite promises from global leaders three years ago. Humanitarian workers are appealing to high and middle income countries to offer more support to refugees and displaced people at the first ever Global Refugee Forum this week in Geneva.
One year since Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah still most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians
A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah has seen 799 civilian casualties since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll countrywide.
Reopening of Yemen's Sana'a airport for medical patients
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland's reaction to Saudi-led coalition's move to open Sana'a airport for medical patients.
A demanding job
“When I see how much it means to those we help, I have no doubt that it's worth it.”
57,000 people affected by severe flooding in Central African Republic
More than 10,000 homes have been destroyed and already impoverished neighbourhoods are under water due to flooding caused by heavy rain in Central African Republic. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for urgent funding to scale up the emergency response and help those affected.
Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries
Millions in Somalia need humanitarian aid because of extreme weather conditions and conflict. However, relief work is difficult and dangerous in a country that has been ravaged by armed conflict for almost 30 years.
7 things you should know about the crisis in Somalia
Somalia caught the world’s attention in 2011 when a famine killed over a quarter of a million people. The country has been struggling with extreme weather changes, violence and disease for nearly 30 years and is increasingly subject to severe climate shocks that are worsening a prolonged humanitarian crisis. Here are seven things you should know about the crisis in Somalia:
273,000 now displaced due to flooding in Somalia as more extreme weather looms
273,000 people have been left displaced due to severe flooding across Somalia. Several thousand people in the worst-affected area of Baladweeyne are sheltering under trees or in emergency tents after their makeshift homes were washed away by floods caused by torrential rain. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for an urgent humanitarian response to ensure aid can be provided safely to people in desperate need.
Iraq: Delivering support tent by tent
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continues to respond to the influx of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Fleeing for safety before ceasefire ends
Increasing numbers of refugees from North East Syria are fleeing for safety in the Kurdish region of Iraq, afraid of what comes next in their home towns as the ceasefire brokered by the US is about to end.
Ready to support Syrian refugees in Iraq
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has started an emergency response to support Syrian refugees crossing the border into northern Iraq.
Conflict and drought displace 300,000 in Somalia so far this year
Over 300,000 people have been displaced due to drought and conflict in Somalia so far this year. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said insecurity is making it virtually impossible for humanitarians to provide aid in rural areas and is resulting in vulnerable people moving to overcrowded camps in urban areas for assistance.
Dialogue key to tackling armed conflict in DRC
After decades of conflict and short-lived peace agreements in the eastern region of Ituri (DR Congo), an innovative stabilisation strategy provides new hope for lasting peace. NORDEM expert, Ingebjørg Finnbakk, plays a key role in its implementation.
Lean season in DR Congo: aid agencies fear for hundreds of thousands in desperate need
Hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medicines, 11 aid agencies warned today.
Humanitarian crisis unfolds as violence escalates in Syria
As thousands of civilians flee air strikes and shelling in North East Syria, aid agencies witness an escalation of the humanitarian crisis.
New fuel crisis deepens suffering for hungry Yemenis
Fuel shortages in Yemen are threatening thousands of lives. Drivers are queuing for two to three days to fill up, and the knock-on effects are being felt throughout the country, with food, water and other necessities in short supply. We call on the government of Yemen to end restrictions on the import of fuel.
No place to call home for Pakistani refugees
Pakistani refugees in Afghanistan are facing a bleak future as international organisations withdraw from Gulan camp, in the south-east of the country. Funding for their assistance is now being omitted for plans for 2020. In this photo story, camp residents share their concerns and their hopes.
How local radio boosts climate change adaptation
In the Horn of Africa, local radio stations provide updates on entertainment, sports and health, so why not weather and climate too?
Syria: Thousands fleeing for their lives
Turkey's incursion in north-east Syria is already triggering new displacements at a moment when we were just starting to see some people begin to recover from last year’s emergency and rebuild their lives. As many as 300,000 people could reportedly be displaced by a full-blown military escalation.
Abiy Ahmed must now work tirelessly for peace
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland following the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2019.
14 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in north-east Syria
Civilians at risk as violence escalates and humanitarian work is suspended.
Handing over weapons: M.I.L.F. combatants commit to peace in the Bangsamoro
The ceremonial presentation of over 1,000 decommissioned M.I.L.F. combatants and their weapons marked a new milestone in the Bangsamoro’s historical peace process. Experts from NORDEM continue to play key roles in the operation.
Joint INGO statement ahead of UNGA event on counter-terrorism frameworks and safeguarding humanitarian space
As humanitarian organisations committed to upholding humanitarian principles, we work to ensure that aid goes to all those who need it. Principled humanitarian action requires us to engage with all parties to a conflict so we can reach people most in need.
Yemenis welcome return of food aid in Sana’a
“During the last two months our suffering has been aggravated and many times I could not find food for my children,” says Juma’a Saleh, a mother of eight from Yemen’s capital city Sana’a. Juma’a is one of many residents celebrating the resumption of food distribution in the city, following a deal between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the authorities earlier this month.
U.S. not facing deep crisis in own neighbourhood: Central Americans denied asylum and aid
Desperate Central American families fleeing violence are denied their right to protection and increasingly turned back to insecurity by military forces, barbed wires and walls.
Documentation opens doors for Kenya's stateless Shona community
Ending statelessness by 2024 is an ambitious goal, but NORCAP expert Sadiq Boateng is closing the gap with efforts to recognise Kenya’s stateless Shona people.
Too much of a good thing? Observers both impressed and concerned by amount of trust in Norwegian elections
Election practitioners from five countries were impressed with the professionalism, transparency and trust in Norwegian local elections, but warn that too much trust can be risky.
Drought and conflict displace quarter of a million people in Somalia
A deadly combination of drought, conflict and insecurity has forced almost a quarter of a million people to flee their homes in Somalia so far this year. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is warning that the numbers are likely to increase in the coming months if humanitarian assistance continues to go under-funded.
Sounding the alarm about the lack of schools
More than three million Afghan children will not start school this autumn. Humanitarian aid organisations are losing heart. They have people on the ground, but they lack funding. Now, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is sounding the alarm.
South Sudan displacement crisis still desperate, one year after peace deal
One year on from the signing of the peace agreement, millions of South Sudanese remain displaced as the country continues to face a humanitarian crisis and people fear that peace may not last, according to a new report published today.
Calling for a durable and inclusive response two years after the Rohingya mass exodus
In the days following August 25, 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fled their homes in Myanmar for Bangladesh. In the two years since, continued efforts to protect the Rohingya community from climate hazards in overcrowded camps have resulted in a prolonged emergency response. Now, affected communities must be included to secure durable solutions.
Urgent action needed in Greece to save lives before winter sets in
“Ten thousand asylum seekers are now living in cramped conditions in a camp that was designed for 3,500 people. With no proper accommodation or even sleeping bags to face the fast approaching winter, the safety of these desperate people is now at risk”, says Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director of NORCAP.
Sahel crisis: G7 leaders and African partners fail to take strong commitments in Biarritz
As leaders of the G7 countries met with representatives of the G5 Sahel countries yesterday in Biarritz, Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger are deeply concerned by the lack of strong measures to address the crisis in the Sahel region.
Spike of people leaving Venezuela risk overwhelming humanitarian capacity
“Anticipating the negative effects of new visa requirements in Ecuador and Peru, applied in the last three months, have led to a spike in the number of people leaving Venezuela in recent weeks”, warned Christian Visnes, country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Torrential rains destroy shelters for displaced people in northeast Nigeria
Torrential rain has destroyed makeshift tents and caused severe flooding to temporary displacement camps in northeast Nigeria, leaving vulnerable families homeless. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs and to prevent the spread of deadly cholera.
MALI: Insecurity in Menaka region affects humanitarian assistance
Insecurity and increased crime in the region of Menaka is having a detrimental impact on the civilian population and humanitarian organizations in the area. With a monthly average of six incidents of robberies and burglaries of humanitarian organizations, their residents and office, the level of crime is putting the humanitarian response in jeopardy.