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Few aid groups able to stay in war zones
Many aid organisations wish to stay and deliver in insecure contexts with great needs, but there are still too few organisations able to manage the risks linked to serve vulnerable communities in the midst of conflict and chaos, according to a new report released today.
Thousands of children deprived of education
DR Congo/Kasaï Central: As armed groups occupy schools, violence and fear leave tens of thousands of children without a chance to start or finish their primary education.
Inadequate response for 1.3 million people in Kasaï crisis
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo is experiencing one of the largest displacement crisis in the world today. Despite this, we’re seeing a woefully inadequate number of aid agencies on the ground responding, and a pitiful amount of money trickling in to deliver aid,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Country Director in DR Congo, Ulrika Blom.
Uganda receives most new refugees worldwide
Uganda received the largest number of new refugees last year, more than half a million people. “The system protecting refugees will collapse if we do not step up our support to countries like Uganda. The richest and most stable countries from Europe to the US do their uttermost to keep refugees away. At the same time, they are not adequately funding reception of refugees in poor host countries,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Uganda: Inadequate response for women and girls
Ahead of the ‘Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees’ on June 22-23, NORCAP experts stress the urgent need for more funding to Uganda’s refugee situation. The humanitarian response particularly fails to address the needs of women and girls.
Using satellite technology for humanitarian relief
With the assistance of satellite technology, NORCAP deployees to UNOSAT in Geneva develop new tools and initiatives in disaster risk reduction and climate services.
Walter Kälin: New NRC board member
“We welcome new board member Walter Kälin to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Board of Directors. His extensive and long international expertise and tireless commitment to displaced people will undoubtedly strengthen our work," says NRC’s Secretary General, Jan Egeland.
Lebanon: Refugee children become breadwinners
“It is difficult to work. I get tired” says Lina, 12, one of many refugee children in Lebanon who has to work. Hardship force families to send their children to work in order to earn enough to survive. Lina should have been at school, instead she works, or looks after her younger siblings while the rest of the family is away to earn a living.
Chios: A team of trained staff
NRC must wind down its operations on the Greek island of Chios by the end of July as funding ends. But many Greek staff want to continue to support the refugees.
A capitulation of Israeli and Palestinian leadership
Fifty years of occupation of Palestinians and 10 years of siege imposed on Gaza have led to increasingly irreversible disintegration of the Palestinian territory and of its people. The establishment of a Palestinian state and wider regional stability have become more elusive than ever.
Discussing challenges in election observation
Social media, accusations of fake news, and nations trying to influence elections in other nations are crucial challenges for election observers to handle on future missions, says Emanuele Giaufret, Head of Division, Democracy and Electoral Observation in the European External Action Service. Giaufret is in Oslo for the EU focal point meeting for election observation, organised by NORDEM.
What we must learn from South Sudan
Today the United Nations shelters 200,000 people inside its bases across South Sudan. Never before in history have tens of thousands of people sought refuge for such a long period in UN compounds. Never before have aid workers been forced to work in close proximity with armed peacekeepers under such conditions. South Sudan has reset the rules of aid operations forever.
Sitting exams, despite war
As Syrian students take their final school exams, the Norwegian Refugee Council calls on all actors to ensure their safety at this critical stage in their education.
"Not just paying lip service to humanitarian ideals"
“We can see exciting new developments in Myanmar, both economically and politically. However, there are further humanitarian needs and human rights violations, including in Rakhine State, that should be addressed to ensure all people in Myanmar enjoy peaceful coexistence and prospects for prosperity,” says Ingvill Tveite, NORCAP deployee in Myanmar.
African countries top list of neglected crises
Central African Republic tops the Norwegian Refugee Council's yearly list of the world's ten most neglected displacement crises, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“We are seeing children being sent to beg”
NORTHEAST NIGERIA/Borno State: Millions of people have lost their livelihoods to heavy fighting between Boko Haram and government forces. We have spoken to five displaced people who have fled their homes to escape the violence.
Humanity has no borders
Two-thirds of all people who are forced to flee due to conflict and disaster are displaced within their own country. Despite soaring numbers, internally displaced people receive little global attention. “Humanity has no borders, and no group should be neglected,” says NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland.
Record High Displacement in DR Congo
During 2016, more than 920,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
Empowering women through cooperatives
ETHIOPIA/Somali region: Local women defy drought and come together to start their own business, boosting the local community and enhancing economic independence.
3-year Iraq conflict drives internal displacement to ‘nearly unprecedented’ level
The last three years of conflict in Iraq have caused a displacement crisis that is ‘nearly without precedent’ according to a report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
More than 31 million people displaced within their own country in 2016
Conflict, violence and disasters caused 31.1 million new internal displacements in 2016, according to a new report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
DR Congo has world’s highest number of people fleeing conflict internally
Over 922,000 people were forced to flee their homes inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2016. This was the highest number of internal displacement due to conflict recorded globally, and was one of the most startling findings of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s global report which was launched in New York today.
The international community must remain mobilized in CAR
Six months after the donors' conference in Brussels, Action Against Hunger and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) are sounding the alarm and calling on the international community to remain mobilized so that the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) does not become forgotten.
Nigeria struggling to manage large returns
Over 1 million people have returned to northeast Nigeria since October 2015, often to towns with no basic services, infrastructure or ability for people to rebuild their lives.
Violence forces people to flee
HONDURAS: Families are at risk of forced displacement in San Pedro Sula, as criminal gangs dominate large areas of the country’s main cities, where poverty is rampant.
One out of 35 has died
THE CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN ROUTE: So far this year more than 43,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy. One out of 35 has died on the same deadly sea journey.
Avert another famine in Somalia
“Thousands of Somalis are at risk of dying of hunger. Our top priority now must be to provide the necessary support, to avert a repetition of the famine in 2011,” says Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council Victor Moses.
15 NGOs decry new policy limiting asylum seekers in exercising their right to appeal
GREECE/Athens, 9 May 2017: 15 NGOs urge the Greek Government to immediately reverse the recent policy excluding asylum-seekers on the Greek islands who appeal negative asylum decisions from the possibility of participating later on in the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme and forcing those who wish to participate to forego their right to appeal.
“They are like family to me”
Mouad Abdu (29) works for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Sana’a, Yemen, and is responsible for coordinating food assistance to 140,000 people in the city. Those who receive assistance are displaced from their homes elsewhere in the country.
Nigeria: Stepping up efforts to prevent famine
Violence has left 5 million people at risk of starvation in Borno State, once the breadbasket of north-east Nigeria. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and other aid organisations are on the ground providing urgent food assistance to divert a full-scale famine in the area.
“A sense of stability and safety is enough”
“The moment we settle down and start to feel stable our reality is ripped apart once again. My family and I came to Lebanon 5 years ago and since then we have moved more than three times. Every time we lose everything and have to start over from scratch,” says Ali.
Afghanistan:Thousands flee armed conflict in Kunduz
“Hundreds of Afghan families are desperately fleeing armed conflict in Kunduz Province. Many are accommodated with extended families elsewhere, but some have had to sleep in the open,” said Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke.
Herding her two last goats
SOMALILAND: As pastoralists lose their livestock, many are forced to survive on dirty water. We meet five families struggling to cope with hunger in Somalia’s worst drought in 20 years.
A man-made famine on our watch
Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland on the humanitarian situation in Yemen:
Paving way for higher education
In a country where fewer than 1 in 10 girls attends secondary school, enrolling in university is a distant dream for most Somali girls.
Escalating fighting and hunger threaten millions in Yemen
Donor governments that are meeting today to discuss Yemen’s crisis need to pledge generously to avert famine and massive loss of lives. “The world needs to ramp up aid to Yemen at this critical moment, when millions of people are at risk of dying of hunger,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
"Communication is key to protection"
“The most important thing is to make sure people get information about what, when and where. That takes a way a lot of frustration”, says NORCAP protection expert, Helene Ruud. She recently finished her first mission to the World Food Programme, in Haiti.
Thousands of unregistered refugees return from Pakistan
In the first two weeks of April, an average of 1,000 unregistered refugees returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan daily: a sharp increase compared to the beginning of the year.
Changing lives with one swipe
The Norwegian Refugee Council in DR Congo has introduced a new distribution system, where people displaced by conflict are provided with electronic e-Voucher cards to enable them to chose for themselves which foods or household items they want.
Somaliland: A little goes a long way
Nomadic communities like Anab's are leaving their villages in the thousands because of Somalia’s relentless drought.
Fear of increased emergency in Mocoa
The upcoming rainy season in Mocoa, Colombia, could increase the vulnerability of women and girls in the area, fears GenCap adviser, Devanna de la Puente. Heavy rains and mudslides resulted in over 300 deaths in Mocoa earlier this month. Women and children are in particular need of help and attention.
Somali women breadwinners
Small business grants are turning Somali women’s lives around in Mogadishu, as they become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.
Prize-winning humanitarian architecture
Architecture students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design have won a prestigious award in the competition “Place and Displacement: A marketplace in a refugee settlement”. NORCAP experts and teachers Tone Selmer-Olsen and Håvard Breivik are impressed with their students.