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When does hunger become famine?
"Famine" is a term defined by clear criteria. When humanitarian actors warn against it, a population’s lack of access to food has already started claiming lives.
Cross-border fire into Eastern Afghanistan displaces hundreds of Afghan families
“Military fire across the border into Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces has forced Afghan families to flee their homes. Whether indiscriminate or specifically targeted, such attacks forcibly displace civilians, violating International Humanitarian Law, and must stop,” said NRC Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke
NRC staff detained in Yemen
Oslo, Norway: Following a relief aid distribution on the 14th of February in Al Hudaydah, Yemen, local authorities detained 6 Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) national staff and a contracted driver.
Seven steps to saving lives and assisting people in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
One step closer to work
TURKEY, Ankara: 1,000 Syrian refugees and local participants recently completed a four months vocational training implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) together with two local education institutes.
Surviving on one meal a day
In northeast Nigeria, humanitarian needs are reaching critical levels, with an estimated 15 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
New opportunities for Afghan youth
“It’s easier to find work now,” Esmatullah (18) says with happiness. After having earned a diploma in plumbing, the young Afghan man is finally able to earn money and support his family.
Kenya: High court rules to stop closure of Dadaab
The high court in Kenya issues a ruling to stop the closure of the world’s largest refugee camp Dadaab, housing thousands of Somali refugees.
Yemen war causing world’s worst food crisis
Two years since the conflict escalated in Yemen, more than 17 million Yemenis do not know if they will be able to put food on the table to feed their families, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today at the start of a donor conference for Yemen.
“Trump is dismantling all our dreams”
Trump’s order to curb immigration has put the lives of thousands of refugees on hold and placed the burden of hosting refugees on countries that are already overburdened.
Trump is harming refugees
The United States has a long and proud tradition of fighting against discrimination and for human rights worldwide. Since World War II, the country has been a driving force and guarantor for protection of refugees. With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, this tradition is being broken.
ACAPS app: Better understanding of crises
ACAPS launches their Crisis Alert App today, making it easier to understand and keep yourself informed about the world’s crises.
"This policy will have profound consequences”
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that halted the United States refugee resettlement program for 120 days, indefinitely suspended the program for Syrian refugees, reduced the overall target for resettled refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for this fiscal year, and instituted a de-facto religious litmus test favouring Christians for future resettlement places.
Had no choice but to leave
Ethiopia: Conflict and drought has forced 6,000 families to flee their homes in the Oromia and Somali regions.
Why cash matters
Want to know more about the use of cash in humanitarian work? NORCAP cash expert, Jacqueline Frize, currently working in Jordan, gives you the basics.
Trump may deny safe haven to refugees
Statement by Joel Charny, Director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA On the Trump Administration's Executive Order To Halt US Refugee Resettlement Program
Since snow swept through northern Greece earlier this month, the Norwegian Refugee Council has rushed to move refugee families and children into unoccupied hotels from unsuitable camps and settlements.
Syrian refugees’ documentation crisis
A documentation crisis is taking shape among Syrian refugees in the region, threatening to leave hundreds of thousands in legal limbo, with dire consequences for their ability to access services and have a durable return to Syria.
More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean
Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe.
Mosul: Civilians trapped in desperate conditions
As the Mosul operation enters its 100th day today, the majority of civilians remain trapped in desperate conditions.
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.