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09 Dec 2018 description

Nobel Peace Prize: Stronger efforts needed to prevent sexual violence in war

"This long overdue prize must be the beginning of a strengthened effort to protect women and men against sexual violence and abuse in wars and to ensure that those who commit what is pure war crimes are held accountable. In too many conflicts, sexual violence is being used as a barbaric weapon of war, in breach of international laws and with the victims of these crimes suffering in silence.

01 Nov 2018 description

Uta Henrich | Published 01. Nov 2018

It is one of the crucial questions of aid work: Will people really be better off after receiving help? The Congolese residents of Sherkole camp in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region might have some answers.

“When we crossed the border, we had nothing. We were simply lucky to have escaped.” Emmanuel of the Democratic Republic of Congo is 22. He and his mother arrived Ethiopia in 2007. As we are walking and talking, Emmanuel is propelling himself on crutches. His injury tells the story of why he had to flee from DR Congo.

01 Nov 2018 description

An estimated 360,000 Congolese have crossed the border from Angola and back into DR Congo during October. Most of them are arriving to Kasai, where the influx aggravates an already dire humanitarian crisis and risks fuelling new conflicts, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). "The expulsion of Congolese from Angola over the course of the last month is truly shocking and risk further destabilizing the situation in Kasai," said Ulrika Blom, NRC DR Congo Country Director.

22 Oct 2018 description

Press statement by Ulrika Blom, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in DR Congo:

"We are deeply concerned by the rapidly escalating and increasingly dangerous violence in Eastern DR Congo.

16 Oct 2018 description

15 million women, men and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are without enough food to eat, up from 7.7 million last year. Some people are even joining armed groups and going into prostitution as ways to find money for food. "We are witnessing emergency levels of hunger and malnutrition in every town and village where we respond," said Ulrika Blom, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in DR Congo. "The new figures on food insecurity in DR Congo are incredibly alarming."

24 Sep 2018 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the northeastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday.

20 Sep 2018 description

In Kenya there remain more than 480,000 registered refugees, with most forced to live and remain in refugee camps located in marginalised and isolated parts of the country. Kakuma refugee camp and nearby Kalobeyei settlement in Turkana County in north-western Kenya today host close to 186,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Sudan amongst others.

20 Sep 2018 description

In Kenya there remain more than 480,000 registered refugees, with most forced to live and remain in refugee camps located in marginalised and isolated parts of the country. Kakuma refugee camp and nearby Kalobeyei settlement in Turkana County in north-western Kenya today host close to 186,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Sudan amongst others.

14 Sep 2018 description

Endorsed by: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA); AVSI; BRAC; CARE; Danish Refugee Council (DRC); Finn Church Aid (FCA); Food for the Hungry; Humanity & Inclusion; Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); Oxfam; Plan; Save the Children; VSO; War Child Holland; Windle International Uganda; World Vision; ZOA

The launch of Uganda's new Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities (ERP) is an opportunity to ensure a better future for hundreds of thousands of children.

14 Sep 2018 description

Returning to your place of origin is the ultimate goal for people who have lived in displacement. But what happens when you return to less than you had before?

"I have nothing. I left with one piece of cloth — it is the cloth I'm wearing now," says Marie Bakumba, a 70-year-old woman from Mbulungu, a village in the southern Congolese province of Kasai.

03 Aug 2018 description

A new Ebola outbreak in the conflict zone North Kivu, that already suffers from mass displacement, is a toxic cocktail that will exacerbate the virus and have fatal consequences. "This week's declaration of a new Ebola outbreak in North Kivu couldn't have hit at a worse time or place," warned Dr. Ulrika Blom, Country Director for Norwegian Refugee Council in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

17 Jul 2018 description

Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. "Our humanitarian relief is a matter of life or death in many horrific war and disaster zones. The lack of funding leaves many desperate families without assistance. Mothers are forced to cut back on food for already malnourished children. Girls and boys are deprived of education and hope," warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.

19 Jun 2018 description

Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution.

"International responsibility-sharing for displaced people has utterly collapsed. Rich countries are building walls against families fleeing war, at the same time as less money is available for aid to people in conflict areas," said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.

07 Jun 2018 description

Democratic Republic of the Congo tops neglected crises list

African countries top the Norwegian Refugee Council's annual list of neglected displacement crises for a third year in a row.

28 May 2018 description

DRC’s conflict escalated and spread in 2017, creating one of the world’s largest displacementcrisis. To reduce needs and vulnerabilities in the long run, the humanitarian response planrecommends stronger synergies between humanitarian and development work.