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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.
Humanity has no borders
“Internal displacement must be brought back on to the global agenda”, urges NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland ahead of the NRC Global Displacement Conference 2017. “Humanity has no borders, and no group should be neglected.”
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 lecturers Tone Selmer-Olsen and Håvard Breivik are impressed with their students.
A Front-Line Education
The village of Troitske is only 4 km from the front-line in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. Its southern and western outskirts are surrounded by separatist controlled territories, making the people feel trapped in this front-line area.
Working around the clock to fight famine
NIGERIA/Borno State: The Norwegian Refugee Council in Nigeria with support from the Swedish International Develepoment Aid (SIDA) will provide food for about 500 families.
How accurate climate information save lives
NORCAP work hard to help people most affected by climate changes. Meet five of our climate experts explaining why it is important to understand the need for accurate climate information and what they do about it.
Yemen: An extreme situation for women
Since the war in Yemen started two years ago, women have been pushed to the margins of political influence in the country. GenCap Advisor Deborah Clifton says the situation has gone from bad to worse.
Eating seed stocks to stay alive
SOUTH SUDAN: As access to food declines drastically, families eat seeds to survive and risk losing next season’s vital crops.
Four things that could tip Somalia into famine
Somalia is inching closer to famine. Two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have wreaked havoc on communities, and caused the worst drought the country has seen in 20 years.
Statement on the Brussels conference on Syria
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the ongoing Brussels conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’.
Lifesaving aid to people facing starvation
The Norwegian Refugee Council works around the clock to provide lifesaving aid to people facing starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
Rebuilding Afghan lives
Read about how the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) saved lives, built new homes and helped Afghan returnees to rebuild their future.
Realizing Africa’s promise to the internally displaced
With the Kampala Convention, African countries have taken the lead in promising protection and assistance to Internally Displaced Persons. Now increased efforts are necessary for implementation.
Bringing refugees and Greeks together
NRC is opening a community centre in Chios this week to forge ties between refugees and residents.
Children at the centre
Born and raised a refugee in the Democratic Republic of Congo made Patient Mashariki’s decision easy. At 51 years old his entire professional career has been devoted to providing children with a safe environment.
Over 3,000 people a day fleeing drought in Somalia
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) latest data shows that 438,000 people in Somalia have been displaced since November, by the worst drought the country has experienced in 20 years.
"If we give up, they might give up"
"It is us, who are outsiders, who need to engage and encourage," says Jeffrey Mapendere, a NORCAP mediation expert deplyed to Juba.
Confronting statelessness with statistics
People who have no official nationality are often denied their most basic rights. Understanding the scale, causes and consequences of statelessness is vital to addressing the issue.
NORTHERN KENYA/Kakuma refugee camp: Adam Mohamed set up a mechanic business in 2015. Today, Green Mountain Mechanics is booming.
Yemen: Left isolated and starving
Two years of full-scale war has driven Yemen to the verge of famine. 17 million people, or two out of three Yemenis, do not know from where they will get their next meal.
Prioritising the future of Afghanistan
Children who have to flee their homes also lose their schools and classmates. “We must prioritize giving these children an education,” argues NRC’s Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.
The Good Samaritan
At only nine years old, Banduga Ismail was forced to leave his home in Uganda. A long and dangerous road to safety made him realise what he would do with his life. Today, he remembers that terrified little boy when he looks at people displaced by conflict.
Surviving on solar power
SOMALIA/Baidoa District: While drought is ravaging the countryside, a rural community is surviving with the help of solar powered irrigation and agricultural resilience training.
Fighting a double crisis
“People in north eastern Nigeria is battling one of the most severe humanitarian crises of today. Most of the food production has collapsed completely, and the conflict with Boko Haram makes it impossible for people to return home and pick up their lives”, says NORCAP expert, Virginia M. Moncrieff.
Living from hand to mouth
SOUTH SUDAN/Ngop: Famine was declared in South Sudan in February. Over 100,000 people have been affected so far. A million more are on the brink of mass starvation. We speak to four families about how they are surviving.
76 million to improved crisis response
NORCAP has signed a three-year framework agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is important to ensure quick and efficient access to competent and experienced personnel when a crisis hits, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, says.
NRC signing agreement with Sida
Today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) signed a three years framework agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
EU-Turkey deal makes seeking refuge in Europe “mission impossible” for most vulnerable
Flawed policies are eroding refugee rights, say IRC, NRC & Oxfam in joint report released today
US foreign aid cuts threaten lives in world’s poorest countries
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.
Mosul: A dangerous escape
180,000 people have fled west Mosul since the latest offensive there started on the 19 of February this year.
UK Government allocates £16 million to critical drought response in Somalia
The UK Government has announced it will fund a £16 million programme to help avert famine in Somalia over the coming months. It will support more than 450 000 people with life-saving interventions and particularly food and water support.
Six years of war push civilians to the brink while aid continues to be restricted
Six years since the start of the war in Syria, 13.5 million people remain in need of aid in dire and deteriorating conditions. Half as many are displaced in their own country, with almost five million refugees in neighbouring countries where conditions keep getting increasingly desperate.
Her business is only an ID card away
In Mali, women without identity cards are particularly susceptible to harassment – and are often left with no legal rights in their home country.
Renewed US ban bounces refugees from hope to despair again
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply dismayed by the new executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement issued today by US President Donald Trump, barring citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States of America, while suspending the refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
Providing refugee children with primary education
PAKISTAN/Quetta: Alarmingly low enrolment rates show that only under half of Afghan refugee children attend primary school in the Pakistani province, Balochistan.
So close, yet so far away
Historically united as one community, villages Zhovte and Lobacheve in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine are today separated as a result of war.