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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.
NGOs warn of worsening crisis in Myanmar, call for refugees’ engagement on safe, voluntary returns
Two years after being forced from their homes by mass atrocities in Myanmar, and striving for safety and dignity in Bangladesh, Rohingya are still waiting for justice and a say about their future, said 61 international and national organisations working in Myanmar and Bangladesh today. In a joint statement the agencies call for human rights for all to be recognised in Rakhine State and for Rohingya refugees to have a part in decision-making about their own lives, including their return to Myanmar.
Fighting Ebola in DRC: Convincing people is key
NORCAP experts working with the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo believe their most important task is to convince the communities of the severity of the epidemic.
Global funding appeal offers hope to vulnerable Venezuelans
Millions of vulnerable people in Venezuela could be handed a vital lifeline following today’s launch of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan, which is seeking $223 million to reach 2.6 million people in need. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is urging donor countries to support the appeal and for the Government of Venezuela to grant humanitarian agencies unrestricted access to reach those desperately in need.
Displaced Afghans resort to desperate measures as support dwindles
One year after the worst drought on record forced nearly half a million Afghans to leave their homes, many families remain in tents on the outskirts of Herat city. Unable to return home due to ongoing conflict, they struggle to survive as support is cut back
Calling on Lebanese Authorities to Stop the Demolition of Refugees’ Homes
Joint statement by the Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum (LHIF), of which NRC is a member.
NRC staff and civilians trapped due to fighting in Aden
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is extremely concerned for the safety of its staff and civilians trapped in their homes after fighting broke out in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.
Future of aid work at risk in Iran due to U.S. sanctions
The delivery of aid to Afghan refugees and flood victims in Iran is at risk because banks are refusing to transfer money to aid agencies due to fear of sanctions.
Airport closure amounts to death sentence for thousands of sick Yemenis
Three years of restrictions imposed on Yemen’s airspace by the Saudi-led coalition is preventing thousands of sick Yemeni civilians from seeking urgent medical treatment outside the country, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and CARE said today.
Boko Haram conflict causing misery to millions 10 years on
Ten years since the beginning of a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the living conditions for displaced people are continuing to deteriorate at an alarming rate due to inadequate and overcrowded facilities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for increased efforts to improve their living conditions and prevent an imminent cholera outbreak.
Demolitions in Sur Baher set dangerous precedent for Palestinian communities
Jerusalem, 22 July 2019 — The demolition of 10 buildings by Israeli forces in the Sur Baher neighbourhood in East Jerusalem today, totalling around 70 apartments, is a grave breach of international humanitarian law and sets a dangerous precedent, the Norwegian Refugee Council said today.
U.S. aid cuts to Central America cruel and counterproductive
Proposed U.S. cuts in aid for poor Central Americans will only exacerbate the crises and force more people to flee, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which assists victims of violence in the region.
Alarming lack of funding for relief work
Half way into the year, humanitarian organisations have received only 27 per cent of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide.
Help buy a bike – and change a refugee’s life
Imagine you’re a refugee in a foreign country. You have no income and few possessions. You desperately need transport so you can earn money to feed your family. But the nearest town is 20km away and the bus fare is expensive. What do you do?
Statement on the outcome of the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the commitments to minimise civilian casualties as well as ensure the security of schools made jointly by participants of the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference which ended in Qatar yesterday.
Mosul: Over 300,000 still unable to go back home two years since end of war
More than 300,000 residents of Mosul district are still displaced with no homes to go back to, two years since the end of the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group. They make up about a fifth of Iraq’s entire displaced population of 1.6 million right now.
Extreme levels of hunger in South Sudan as country marks eight years of independence
The people of South Sudan are bracing themselves for what could be another catastrophic food crisis with almost seven million people facing extreme levels of hunger. As the country prepares to mark eight years of independence next week, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on all parties to the conflict to make the most out of the extension to the peace agreement and work towards ending the country´s disturbing cycle of hunger and conflict.
Congolese refugees fleeing to Uganda nearly double to 8,000 in past month
Thousands are crossing Lake Albert by boat to Uganda, escaping horrific inter-ethnic violence. Refugee reception centres are being overwhelmed, as emergency aid is running short.
Demolition of homes in Arsal
Statement by Save the Children, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Oxfam, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), World Vision, Terre des hommes Foundation, and Action Against Hunger (ACF) following the demolition of refugees homes in Arsal
Collaboration on cash programming
Network calls for collaboration between NGOs providing cash programming to improve efficiency and impact.
Statement on Renewal of MINUSMA’s mandate
Statement by Hassane Hamadou, Country Director of Mali at the Norwegian Refugee Council in reaction to the renewal of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA.
Protecting people from gender-based violence
NORCAP experts warn that a long-term approach is needed to address gender-based violence in Mozambique. Three months after Cyclone Idai, humanitarian agencies are scaling down efforts in the affected areas, but the work is far from over.
Death rates and displacement will rise in Central America without urgent global support
Extreme violence, insecurity and poverty have left over a million people in dire need in the North of Central America. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that death rates and displacement will continue to rise, and humanitarian agencies will be forced to close if the international community do not ramp up efforts to support vulnerable people across the volatile region.