Latest news from NRC
Nearly 40 million at heightened risk of violence, discrimination and rights abuses as Covid spawns a ‘coping crisis’
A new report reveals a severe deterioration in international efforts to protect the world’s most vulnerable people, with human rights violations including gender-based violence, trafficking and child recruitment on the rise.
Immense challenges awaits newly elected president
Statement by Manenji Mangundu, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Burkina Faso, on the preliminary presidential election results.
Reactive statement on the Afghanistan conference 2020
Statement by Adam Combs, Asia, Europe and Latin America Regional Director, Norwegian Refugee Council
Dire conditions face refugees fleeing Ethiopia to Sudan
Pregnant women, separated families and sick elderly people are among thousands of refugees continuing to arrive daily into Sudan from conflict-stricken Ethiopia. Many appear traumatised and all are in dire need of humanitarian support.
Statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on the potential designation of Ansar Allah, Yemen, as a terrorist organisation
"The Norwegian Refugee Council joins other humanitarian organisations in expressing deep concern at the prospect of additional, near-insurmountable hurdles to providing lifesaving aid in Yemen."
Aid groups warn G20 leaders must act to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in wake of Covid-19 economic recession
Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia on 21 November, 11 aid organisations are calling for early action to prevent soaring rates of hunger and malnutrition resulting from the pandemic-related global economic recession.
10 attacks on Palestinian education per month by Israeli authorities and settlers
PRESS RELEASE: Israeli forces, private security guards, and settlers launched an average of 10 attacks per month on West Bank kindergarten and school students, staff and facilities between January 2018 and June 2020, a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council reveals today.
Joint statement from INGO's: ASEAN must prevent another “Rohingya boat crisis”
Southeast Asian leaders must do everything they can to protect refugees and prevent a repeat of this year’s “boat crisis” when some 200 refugees lost their lives at sea, 16 humanitarian agencies said today ahead of the 37th ASEAN Summit.
Teachers and peace promotion in Mali
Despite the various challenges they face, teachers are showing an incredible dedication to their profession, writes Leandro Salazar-Lievano, our education expert deployed to UNHCR Mali.
Iraq’s camp closures leave 100,000 people in limbo
PRESS RELEASE: The ongoing rapid closure of displacement camps in Iraq is rendering homeless more than 100,000 people in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and at the onset of winter.
Statement from Secretary General of NRC Jan Egeland on escalating tensions in Ethiopia
Mr. Egeland said: "The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is profoundly concerned about escalating tensions in Ethiopia, a country already contending with mass displacement and widespread humanitarian needs."
Covid-19 and conflict forced over 12 million children from school across Africa's Central Sahel region
A staggering 12 million children missed up to four months of school across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger due to Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, 776,000 children were prevented from attending school the entire year due to insecurity, new figures by the Norwegian Refugee Council have revealed.
Israel to demolish European-funded school in central West Bank
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is deeply concerned by the Israeli military’s planned demolition of a European-funded Palestinian primary school in Ras At-Tin herding community in the central West Bank.
Statement by Secretary General of NRC Jan Egeland on today's Nobel Peace Prize announcement
"The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) extends very warm and sincere congratulations to the World Food Programme (WFP), an exceptionally worthy recipient for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and an organisation with which we are proud to partner."
Statement following investigation into alleged Al Hol camp smuggling
Following reports linking the Norwegian Refugee Council to alleged smuggling of people from Al Hol camp in Syria, we have conducted thorough internal investigations and can firmly establish that these reports are untrue.
NGOs call for drastic scale-up of assistance amid soaring needs in Far North Region of Cameroon
Relentless attacks on civilians, large scale floods and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are exacerbating an already critical humanitarian crisis in Cameroon’s Far North. International NGOs active in the region are calling for a drastic scale-up of the humanitarian response to address the needs of the most vulnerable.
Greening humanitarian operations – one solar panel at the time
NRC South Sudan is replacing their old diesel generators with renewable energy assisted by NORCAP. They encourage the humanitarian sector to follow their example.
Yemen: 900 airstrike and shelling hits on farms in three years
Yemeni farms have been hit at least 918 times by airstrikes and shelling in less than three years, further exacerbating Yemen’s severe food crisis. The country is rapidly facing a new famine as millions are left without enough to eat.
Election observation during the pandemic
Political analyst and NORCAP expert Øyvind H. Seim was supposed to be in Myanmar for the general elections this fall. But with the Covid-19 travel restrictions, election observers have to find new solutions.
New research shows devastating economic impact of Covid-19 on displaced
More than three quarters of displaced and conflict-affected people surveyed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have lost income since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis, the organisation said in a report released today.
Middle East: Fear of Covid-19 triggers alarming rise in displaced children’s stress
PRESS RELEASE: Displaced children in the Middle East are reporting an alarming rise in stress levels triggered by fear of Covid-19, with an average increase of 45 per cent since the pandemic started.
Beirut explosion: Tens of thousands of new homeless face winter crisis
Tens of thousands of people made homeless by the explosion in Beirut on 4 August risk being left out in the rain and cold unless aid funding is stepped up immediately, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns.
New report: EmPowering Africa's most vulnerable
"This report shows that change can happen", says Secretary General of NRC, Jan Egeland, about the new report on the opportunities for solar power in Africa by NORCAP and Boston Consulting Group.
Joint INGO letter to USAID
An open letter from six INGOs in Yemen, calling for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to lift its suspension of humanitarian assistance to northern Yemen.
A record one million displaced by violence in Burkina Faso amid Covid-19
Armed violence has displaced one million people in Burkina Faso since the crisis began, resulting in some of the worst crimes including murders, kidnappings and bombings perpetrated against civilians, many of whom are children. The unprecedented levels of displacement occurred as the coronavirus pandemic worsens an already critical humanitarian crisis in the violence-stricken country.
Statement by the Secretary General on record number of attacks on aid workers
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said:
Beirut Conference: “Funding must be immediately disbursed following pledges, and Lebanese need to be heard”
Norwegian Refugee Council’s Lebanon Country Director Carlo Gherardi’s reaction to the outcome of the aid conference co-organised by the UN and France for the explosion response in Beirut, 9 August 2020.
15,000 Ethiopian returnees receive emergency Covid-19 assistance at quarantine sites
Over 15,000 Ethiopian returnees, many of whom are vulnerable women and children languishing at quarantine sites, have received critical emergency assistance as the country continues to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working alongside the Ethiopian government to provide hygiene kits and other essential items to returning migrants.
Wealthy nations leave millions behind with alarming funding disparities amid pandemic
Less than a quarter of this year’s $40 billion humanitarian aid appeal has been received to support 250 million vulnerable people, against the backdrop of an estimated $11 trillion coronavirus stimulus for wealthy nations.
Yemen: Hunger crisis accelerating under Covid-19
One in every four vulnerable families have lost all income and half have seen their incomes drop by over 50 per cent -- new NRC survey reveals.
Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland following reports of a second airstrike on Yemeni civilians
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said:
Syria: aid agencies raise alarm over veto on cross-border aid
In a joint statement, the International Rescue Committee, World Vision International, Humanity and Inclusion, Norwegian Refugee Council, Mercy Corps, People in Need and CARE International raise the alarm over the veto on cross-border aid into Syria:
Vulnerable people across East Africa forcibly evicted during pandemic
Over 70,000 people, many of whom are internally displaced, were forcibly evicted from their homes in urban areas across East Africa even during the most prevalent months of the Covid-19 pandemic - a new report reveals.
Covid-19 and conflict causing chaos for people in eastern Ukraine
Thousands of people in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine are going hungry and lack access to basic services due to Covid-19 price hikes and movement restrictions. Ongoing shelling has also disrupted vital water supplies - meaning many vulnerable and elderly are without access to running water during the pandemic.
"80 million people displaced is a damning verdict on current global leadership"
Reactive statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council on newly released global displacement figures.
Congratulations to Norway on its election to the UN Security Council
Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland on the election of Norway as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Aid organisations condemn airstrike killing 13 civilians
Eight international non-governmental organisations working in Yemen strongly condemn the reprehensible attack that took place yesterday in the north of Yemen, killing 13 civilians – including four children.
Africa is home to nine of ten of the world’s most neglected crises
Cameroon, DR Congo and Burkina Faso are the most neglected displacement crises in the world, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual list launched today.
Reaction to the Yemen Pledging Conference
An international Yemen Donor Pledging Conference, which took place today, sought to raise USD 2.4 billion in aid. Responding to the pledges made, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland said:
Colombia's long road to peace
The country’s 2016 peace agreement promised an end to 50 years of civil war, but a change of government and the humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Venezuela threaten to undermine its provisions. NORCAP supports the UN in the region in providing a comprehensive response to help the parties navigate the complex crisis.
New resources to save lives and to reduce suffering of people affected by the Venezuelan crisis
Over 700 million euros raised today prove the commitment of governments and donors to respond to Venezuela’s refugee and migrant crisis.