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Israel destroys homes in Humsa Al-Bqai’a Bedouin community
The Israeli authorities must immediately halt attempts to forcibly transfer around 70 Palestinians, including 35 children, the Norwegian Refugee Council said today, after bulldozers demolished all of the community’s property.
MALI: Security action hampers development
Development must be part of the broader security efforts in Mali, not something to be added after security is ensured, says NORDEM expert Hanna Mollan. She recently finished her two-and-a-half-year long mission in the West African country.
Strengthening Protection of Children in the Maldives
The island paradise has been hard hit by the pandemic, resulting in a significant set-back for the important progress made to protect children, NORCAP expert Kate Halvorsen reports.
Greece: The important hidden impact
Having the right policies or procedures in place can have a life-changing impact on people’s lives. Read on to find out how NORCAP’s capacity building project contributes to improving conditions for refugees in Greece.
Israeli authorities demolish shop in Silwan, 15 families at imminent risk
The residents of Al-Bustan area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood are at risk of being forcibly displaced from their homes, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned, after the Israeli authorities commenced demolitions in the area today.
22 International humanitarian organisations celebrate refugee resilience and call for more support to help build livelihoods ahead of World Refugee Day
This year marks the 20th World Refugee Day with the theme “Together we heal, learn and shine.” Today, 22 international humanitarian organisations working in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps celebrate the incredible resilience, strength and courage of people forced to flee, who shine through the hardships they’ve encountered.
LIBYA CONFERENCE: True stability in Libya will only come about by rebuilding people’s lives
World leaders must seize the opportunity at a conference on the future of Libya this week to make continued commitments to addressing the humanitarian needs of a population who have not known peace for more than a decade, four aid groups working in Libya said today.
“Today’s global displacement figures are an epic failure of humanity”
Reaction by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on the newly released global displacement figures:
Tipping point for Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis
Ahead of the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants on 17 June, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls on international donors to dig deep and mobilize urgently needed resources to improve the lives of more than five million Venezuelans who have fled poverty, hunger or violence in their country.
Severe drought threatens three million Afghans
Time is running out for more than three million Afghans likely to be acutely affected by a drought this year. The looming crisis comes on top of an already critical situation in Afghanistan, with worsening conflict and severe socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.
Burkina Faso, Solhan attack: statement by NRC Country Director Manenji Mangundu
Statement by Manenji Mangundu, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Burkina Faso, on the Solhan attack of 5 June.
NORCAP expertise vital to Beirut urban response
NORCAP’s rapid support and coordination expertise ensured a critical and timely contribution to the urban response to the Beirut Port explosion, according to partner organisation UN-Habitat.
Meet two NORCAP experts working in the world's most neglected crises
Every year, NRC publishes the list of the ten most neglected displacement crises in the world, to shine the spotlight on these forgotten emergencies. How much do we know about the worlds most neglected crises? Meet two NORCAP experts working in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon and learn more about their experiences in the crises that never make the news.
Cameroon’s underfunded crisis hampers action for gender equality
When humanitarian crises don’t receive the level of funding allowing to meet distinct needs, attention to gender equality is far more likely to fall through the cracks, writes Delphine Brun, GenCap adviser to the humanitarian community in Cameroon.
DR Congo tops list of world’s most neglected crises
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world’s most neglected displacement crisis according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) annual list, due to overwhelming needs and an acute lack of funding, as well as media and diplomatic inattention.
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland appointed as Eminent Person of the Grand Bargain initiative
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, will take over the position of Eminent Person of the Grand Bargain initiative at the Annual Meeting of the alliance of donor nations and humanitarian organisations on 15 June 2021.
Gaza ceasefire: statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council on the ceasefire announcement between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups.
Letter to Biden administration to step up and help end hostilities between Israel and Palestine
An open letter from 12 INGOs calling on the U.S to urgently step up its action to achieve an immediate ceasefire and help put an end to the on-going hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups and to ensure safe humanitarian access to allow life-saving relief to the civilian population.
Disasters contribute to record displacement
Last year, one person every second was forced to flee conflict or disaster. More than twice as many people are now displaced within their own country, compared to the number of people who have fled over the border as refugees. Extreme weather is increasingly a factor.
Eleven children receiving NRC trauma care killed in their homes by Israeli air strikes
The Norwegian Refugee Council confirmed today that 11 of over 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the last week were participating in its psycho-social programme aimed at helping them deal with trauma.
NGO's urge global community to support Rohingya refugees
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) joins other leading NGOs in calling for global community to support Rohingya refugees to live a safe and dignified life in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Together we urge governments to contribute generously to the 2021 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis (JRP) released today in Geneva. Read full statement below:
Israel / Palestine: NRC urges parties to the conflict to avoid further escalation and prevent loss of life
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Palestine:
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.
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.