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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.
Immediate Covid-19 support to partners
Adapting current assistance to ensure continued support to vulnerable communities, along with taking care of staff and experts have been NORCAP’s main priorities in the Covid-19 response.
Armed conflict displaces 660,000 since UN call for global ceasefire
Armed conflict forced more than 660,000 people around the world to flee their homes between March 23 and May 15, leaving people more exposed to Covid-19, and is preventing global efforts to control the pandemic.
Joint statement on the suspension of activities in Ndélé, Central African Republic
Suspension of activities of humanitarian NGOs Norwegian Refugee Council, Première Urgence Internationale, Search For Common Ground and War Child in Bamingui Bangoran Prefecture, Central African Republic.
Iraqi women denied their property by relatives, tribes and militias
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women displaced by war remain unable to return to their homes because of systemic injustices that prevent them from proving or claiming ownership of their property.
Statement on the flooding in Somalia
Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia Victor Moses said:
Reaction to UN’s updated Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan
The UN’s updated Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, which launched today, calls for US $6.7 billion. Responding to the appeal, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland said:
DR Congo shelters 1 in 10 of the world's internally displaced people
Close to 1.7 million people fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019, putting the country on top of the list of most newly internally displaced in Africa, and second globally after Syria.
More than 50 million people are displaced within their own country
Never before have so many people been displaced by conflict and violence as at the end of 2019. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people displaced by disasters, compared with the previous year.
International Girls in ICT Day
Claudia Garcia is an ICT manager with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). She is based in Bogotá, and supports the technology requirements for Colombia, Ecuador and Central American countries where NRC is present. To mark International Girls in ICT Day, we talked to her about why more women and girls are needed in the ICT sector.
Review sanction regimes to facilitate Covid-19 response
Recent statements from US and EU authorities say the sanctions they impose do not target aid. NRC welcomes those statements but calls on states and multilateral bodies to now take concrete action to ensure that sanctions do not hinder the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in countries already suffering humanitarian crises.
Covid-19: On-the-record update on challenges facing displaced people in Somalia
Quote from the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Country Director in Somalia Victor Moses. "For countries like Somalia, Covid-19 isn’t just a health crisis, it’s an economic juggernaut. Even before the outbreak gathers speed, people are feeling the pinch of inflation, widespread job losses, and fear that measures to contain the spread of the virus will have an equal or even more detrimental impact on their survival than the pandemic itself."
Yemeni groups and INGOs renew call for pause in USAID suspension to fight Covid-19 in Yemen
Over two weeks since USAID suspended aid in northern Yemen, aid groups are renewing their call for the major donor to reconsider its decision, especially in light of the now confirmed threat of Covid-19 in the country.
Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property undermines efforts to curb Covid-19
Israel’s recent targeting of homes and even water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the occupied West Bank violates international law and undermines efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 forces migrants and refugees back to crisis-ridden Venezuela
The coronavirus crisis is forcing hundreds of Venezuelan refugees and migrants to return home, as lockdown measures prevent them from earning a living. More could follow if the international community does not increase its funding to support the Colombian government’s pandemic response.
Release frozen Venezuelan funds for Covid-19 response
Venezuelan government and opposition leaders, and their respective backers, should agree to use frozen state assets located in banks around the world to protect the Venezuelan people against the spread of the coronavirus.
Just three ventilators to cope with Covid-19 in Central African Republic
Just three ventilators are available to help save the lives of people who contract coronavirus in Central African Republic, a country of almost five million people. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on the international community to support countries, which are gravely unprepared to cope with the spread of the virus.
A new Sudan faces corona with little support
Sudan’s new government shows readiness to rebuild the country and aid agencies want to scale up, but both lack international support to act now.
Covid-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid
New Covid-19 restrictions to reduce the movement of people globally are inadvertently preventing lifesaving aid from reaching displaced and refugee communities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is currently unable to reach thousands of people, including 300,000 in the Middle East. It is calling on governments to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in these challenging times.
Five years of war cripple coronavirus preparedness
Civilian casualties in Yemen spike again in deadly escalation.
Coronavirus will decimate refugee communities if we don’t act now
Statement from Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council:
10 things you should know about coronavirus and refugees
The world’s response to the Covid-19 crisis must encompass everyone, including those forced to flee their homes.
Syria: A damning indictment of the inaction of world powers
Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Carsten Hansen.
Q&A: What does the Turkish border situation mean for Europe?
Turkey recently announced that they will no longer be preventing refugees and migrants from crossing the border into Europe. Since then, tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived at the border area between Turkey and mainland Greece, according to the UN. Greek authorities have responded by announcing that they will not allow people to seek asylum and will be sending people back to Turkey. The Greek police are reportedly using tear gas to stop people from getting into the country.
Urgent need to relocate refugees from Greece
The large number of asylum seekers currently trying to cross the EU’s external border from Turkey is making it ever more urgent to relocate people from overcrowded camps in Greece and ensure better European responsibility sharing, argues the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Joint statement on attacks on civilians in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) call upon all parties to the conflict in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon to uphold international human rights and international humanitarian law and cease all attacks on civilians without delay.
People have the right to seek asylum and should not be pushed back
When Europe is pushing people back from its borders, denying them their right to seek asylum, this is a breach of the Refugee Convention, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Stateless Rohingya refugees remain entirely dependent on international support
Statement by Filip Lozinski, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s country director in Bangladesh, on the 2020 joint humanitarian response plan for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Locust plague spells catastrophe for millions living in underfunded East Africa
Grossly underfunded humanitarian responses across East Africa are tipping towards breaking point as a result of the recent desert locust invasion.
Fear for safety for people in Ituri affected by armed groups attacks and intercommunal violence
Fighting between military actors and armed groups has this month spread from North Kivu to the Ituri province. It comes on top of cycles of intercommunal violence that has forced more than 100,000 people to flee since the beginning of the year and led to massive humanitarian needs in the province.
More than 900,000 people displaced
People in north west Syria are living through one of the worst crises since the war in Syria began. Due to intense conflict some 900,000 people have been displaced since 1 December and are now exposed to the freezing weather, according to the UN.
Protection of people must be priority for new government in South Sudan
As plans get underway for the formation of the transitional government in South Sudan tomorrow (Saturday, February 22), protecting its people, preserving peace and providing humanitarian access to areas gripped by food insecurity caused by extreme weather and locusts must be among the top priorities for leaders.
Providing dignity on a daily basis
When he started his mission in 2015, Patric Mansour was faced with one of the largest refugee influxes to Europe in modern times. Four years on, refugees and migrants are still crossing the Mediterranean for safety in Greece and Mansour believes it is high time for Europe to take responsibility.
Aid organisations in Yemen are extremely concerned about high numbers of civilian casualties in recent military escalation
From business statistics to statistics on forced displacement
In August 2019, NORCAP-deployee Marte Claussen took a break from her job at Statistics Norway to work on statistics linked to refugees and internally displaced people, at the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS).
New caravans of Central Americans fleeing violence
Despite being deported at the Mexican border earlier this year, many Central Americans are embarking on the dangerous journey again in search of safety.
Statement about the flight out of Yemen's Sana'a airport for medical cases
Statement by NRC's Yemen Country Director Mohammed Abdi about the flight out of Sana'a airport for medical cases
5 reasons why Trump’s peace plan is not a good idea
The Trump administration’s Middle East proposal will not resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and undermines chances for a just and lasting peace.
The Trump administration’s Middle East proposal undermines chances for just and lasting peace
The Trump administration’s plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict disregards international law and diminishes prospects for a just and lasting peace, said two major humanitarian organisations today.
NGOs warn U.S. Middle East Plan risks exacerbating instability and rights violations
As humanitarian, development, and religious organisations serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, we fear the US Middle East Plan may spark an escalation in violence and entrench violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Burkina Faso shattered by world’s fastest growing displacement crisis
The number of people displaced in Burkina Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April this year as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes.