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Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic

NRC calls for parties to the conflict to provide secure humanitarian access, protect civilians and ensure free movement of essential goods to prevent further suffering

Humanitarian operations in several parts of the Central African Republic are at a standstill due to ongoing election unrest and heightened insecurity, leaving many of the 2.8 million people in need of essential humanitarian aid without access to life-saving assistance. “Like most of the other humanitarian organisations, we have had…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: 15,000 Ethiopian returnees receive emergency Covid-19 assistance at quarantine sites

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is working to prevent the spread of coronavirus to areas with vulnerable refugees, displaced and host communities across Ethiopia

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…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: On-the-record update on challenges facing displaced people in Somalia

As of Monday, April 20, Somalia has confirmed 164 cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths and is braced for the widespread impact of the virus

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…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Cash and Voucher Assistance and the Covid-19 Outbreak, South Sudan

Any advice, inputs and comments are warmly welcomed

This documents intents to provide guidance and advice on how to best adapt Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming during the current Covid-19 outbreak and specifically: Download Document Here: 1) How to manage CVA during the outbreak; 2) How to operate while reducing the risk of contamination. This document…

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Coronavirus - Africa/Middle East: Covid-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid

Humanitarian programmes play a significant role in slowing down the spread of diseases

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…

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Burkina Faso shattered by world's fastest growing displacement crisis

A staggering one in ten people in Burkina Faso will need food assistance by June

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 as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes. "Burkina Faso needs more than bullets and bombs. Military engagement alone is failing to…

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Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries

Sixty percent of Somalia's population depends on agriculture or livestock such as sheep, goats, camels and cattle

Millions in Somalia need humanitarian aid because of extreme weather conditions and conflict. However, relief work is difficult and dangerous in a country that has been ravaged by armed conflict for almost 30 years The UN warns that more than 1.2 million people will experience crisis levels of hunger by…

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Dialogue key to tackling armed conflict in DRC (by Jørgen Ruud)

The revised International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy offers an innovative dialogue-based approach to peacebuilding

After decades of conflict and short-lived peace agreements in the eastern region of Ituri (DR Congo), an innovative stabilisation strategy provides new hope for lasting peace. NORDEM expert, Ingebjørg Finnbakk, plays a key role in its implementation. The search for peace and stability in eastern DR Congo has proven to…

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Documentation opens doors for Kenya's stateless Shona community

The Kenyan government has expressed willingness to register the Shona as Kenyan citizens,

Ending statelessness by 2024 is an ambitious goal, but NORCAP expert Sadiq Boateng is closing the gap with efforts to recognise Kenya’s stateless Shona people. In the 1960s, a group of Zimbabwean missionaries from the Shona ethnic group immigrated to Kenya. Many settled and remain in and near Nairobi where…

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Torrential rains destroy shelters for displaced people in northeast Nigeria

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs

Torrential rain has destroyed makeshift tents and caused severe flooding to temporary displacement camps in northeast Nigeria, leaving vulnerable families homeless. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs and to prevent the spread of deadly cholera. “Displaced people are suffering…