As areas of Mosul are liberated from ISIS control, Norwegian People’s Aid partner organisations are the first to arrive with emergency aid.
“People are happy to have their freedom, but the mood remains tense”, says NPA Program Manager Umelto Labetubun.
Norwegian People’s Aid works with the Kurdish Human Rights Organization (KHRO) and Zhya Organization to respond to the needs of civilians in neighbourhoods of Mosul immediately following the expulsion of ISIS by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
On December 21 and 22, Norwegian People’s Aid, together with the The Mine Action Authority (DAICMA), the Humanitarian Demining Brigade (BIDES), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carried out the technical handover of the cleared areas in the Vereda El Orejón in the municipality of Briceño, which is located at the northeast of Colombia, after clearing 19,849 m2 and destroying 46 anti-personnel mines.
1,3 million Square metres, 144 Cluster Bomblets, 50 Antipersonnel Mines and 23 UXOs: Norwegian People’s Aid is proud to announce that we have finished clearing cluster munitions in Mozambique. This happens only a year after Mozambique was declared free of landmines in September 2015.
Partaking in Mozambique achieving this key milestone is very gratifying. A safer Mozambique free from cluster munition contamination has always been the apex of our commitment, says Programme Manager for Norwegian People’s Aid in Mozambique, Afedra Robert Iga.
In a formal ceremony held on Tuesday October 18, the Japanese embassy in Colombia officially signed over a donation of USD $555, 567 in support of NPA’s humanitarian demining pilot project in El Orejón, Antioquia.
The donation adds another chapter to a longstanding friendship between the NPA and Japan, who have also helped to fund some of NPA’s other humanitarian demining projects in South Lebanon, Mauritania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Three newly opened community centers in Iraq’s Kurdistan region offer support to Yezidie women that have survived abduction and sexual assault by ISIS.
In the summer of 2014, the attack by ISIS on northern Iraq had a devastating impact on civilians, and especially on religious minorities. ISIS militia rampaged through villages demanding people either convert to Islam, pay a tax or they would be killed. For members of the Yezidie and Kakaye minority, the choices were even more limited – they would convert or die.
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Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been present in Somalia since 1993 with development activities through partners and since 2014 with humanitarian disarmament activities. In 2017, NPA Somalia will change its operations considerably. The earlier tasks of directly implementing emergency battle area clearance (BAC) in the outskirts of Mogadishu have been finalized. NPA is focusing on implementing a national survey through teams with a mix of NPA staff and personnel from local NGOs, as well as conduct our own implemented clearance activities.
In December 2016, the Norwegian People’s Aid’s (NPA) Land and Resource Rights Project (LRR) facilitated restructuring of the former 10 State Land Alliances (SLAs) into three (3) Regional Land Alliances (RLAs). The rationale for restructuring the SLAs is to enable robust coordination of the SLAs’ activities and maximize use of the minimal resources avail to the land alliances by NPA. Restructuring the SLAs to 3 would also mitigate challenges brought about by the creation of more states in the country. The 3 RLAs are;
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been involved in humanitarian mine action since 1992 and is one of the leading humanitarian demining organisations worldwide. Our primary objective is to strengthen the protection of civilians in conflict areas with 22 ongoing country programmes in the Balkans, Africa, Central and South East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific with an annual turnover of 400 million NOK.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been involved in humanitarian mine action since 1992 and is one of the leading humanitarian demining organizations worldwide. NPA works closely with national authorities and other stakeholders on resolving the challenges faced by the local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. In 2017, NPA will have more than 23 Mine Action Programmes in the Balkans, Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, and The Middle East.