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More migrants die trying to cross Mediterranean
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council's country director in Libya, Dax Roque, on the latest tragedy of migrants dying in the Mediterranean.
South Sudan: Fresh violence exacerbates famine threat
Escalating conflict in South Sudan’s Equatoria regions has led to the killing of civilians, forced thousands of people to flee and disrupted planting for farmers at a time when 60 per cent of the population is suffering from acute food insecurity. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on all parties to the conflict to urgently resolve tensions and avoid accelerating the risk of famine.
Reaction to UK announcement of cuts to foreign aid
Today the UK Government confirmed the drastic extent of its aid cuts to global humanitarian operations, which have been a lifeline to millions of vulnerable people around the world. In the coming year, the UK will spend £906m to support to humanitarian preparedness and response. This represents a more than 40 per cent drop compared to the 2019.
Somalia braces for record levels of displacement as drought takes hold
Somalia is bracing for record levels of displacement this year as drought ravages parts of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people without water and livelihoods.
Relentless attacks in northeast Nigeria halt aid delivery
A series of attacks by armed groups on Damasak town in northeast Nigeria, including multiple humanitarian compounds, has forced the majority of the population to flee the city and humanitarian organisations to suspend their operations.
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International aid facilities attacked again in northeast Nigeria
Yesterday, armed groups launched an attack on Damasak town, northeast Nigeria. During the attack compounds belonging to multiple relief agencies and warehouses containing humanitarian stock were looted and set on fire. This is the second attack targeting humanitarians in the past two months in northeast Nigeria, and the fourth attack on Damasak town and its surrounding area this year.
Syria pledging conference: Disappointing that top donors cut aid now
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland in reaction to the Brussels Conference on Syria
A failure to address the vulnerability of men and boys
The patchy attention given to adolescent boys and men has not allowed for understanding the gendered impact that crisis has on them. We need to expand our vision of who persons of concern should be, writes Delphine Brun, senior GenCap adviser at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Cameroon.
NRC condemns killings of civilians in Myanmar
The Norwegian Refugee Council strongly condemns the escalation of violence and indiscriminate killings of hundreds of civilians in Myanmar.
Relief operation under way after huge fire in Cox’s Bazar
After fire ravaged large parts of Cox’s Bazar refugee complex, the relief operation has begun. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present on the ground, providing vital assistance to the thousands of families who are currently homeless and in desperate need.
Devastating fire in Cox’s Bazar
Statement from Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), on the devastating fire in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.
Yemen conflict six years: Close to 700,000 people forecast to flee their homes this year
As the world’s worst humanitarian crisis enters its seventh year, another 672,000 people could be displaced by the end of 2021 if current levels of violence continue, according to United Nations predictions. 834 civilian houses have already been hit by armed violence so far this year.
The world’s largest refugee camp is on fire
A fire has broken out in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. The camp is home to over 600,000 people who live in crowded conditions.
Ethiopia: Hunger and disease rife among displaced as aid workers gain access to new parts of Tigray
Severely hungry children and pregnant women are among 37,000 displaced people that have arrived into Sheraro, northwestern Tigray, over the last few weeks. They are among thousands of people in urgent need of aid and medical attention across the conflict-stricken region.
Pandemic prompts new initiatives for election observation
Covid-19 has affected democratic processes all over the world, making it more important than ever to ensure that elections are up to international standards. NORCAP’s experienced election observers usually travel around the world to observe elections, but many experts have had to work remotely or adjust their methodology to the new reality.
35 aid agencies warn of further irreversible impact, marking 10 years of Syrian conflict
Thursday, 11 March 2021: 35 of the leading aid agencies have joined together to warn of the suffering and increased, irreversible, damage if the growing humanitarian needs in Syria are not met and a political solution is not found. The 35 agencies have highlighted that a decade since the outset of the conflict, living conditions for many Syrians are worse than ever.
NGOs ask the UK government not to cut aid to South Sudan as threat of famine looms
Severe humanitarian needs across South Sudan have significantly worsened. The sustained support of the international community is critical. As organisations working to support the people of South Sudan coming out of a painful civil war, we call on the UK Government to ensure South Sudan remains a funding priority.
Women in power: Why the clean energy shift needs a female perspective
As part of NORCAP's Accelerator Program, our five female junior energy experts are pushing for a clean energy transition. To them, women are the most important pieces of the puzzle.
Syria: Another decade of crisis on the horizon expected to displace millions more
The Syria crisis could see at least 6 million more displacements over yet another decade if the conflict, insecurity and economic deterioration continue unabated, a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council warns today.
Three NRC staff safely released following security incident
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is extremely relieved that three of our staff members were safely released after being held captive for several hours following an incident on a humanitarian convoy in eastern DR Congo on Monday (March 1).
Disappointing Yemen aid pledges
Reaction by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on the outcome of the international pledging conference for Yemen
“The families I’m meeting in Yemen are staring starvation in the eyes”
Sana’a, 1 March 2021: “I am deeply distressed by seeing first-hand how advanced the starvation has become in Yemen. It is infinitely worse today than when I visited three years ago. The families I’m meeting are staring starvation in the eyes – and for many it worsened when food rations had to be halved last year,” warned Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on a week-long visit to Yemen.
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.