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21 Apr 2018 description

International Non-Government Organisations working in Yemen condemn in the strongest terms the abhorrent attack on an ICRC vehicle that resulted in the killing of an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross earlier today, 21 April 2018. We are deeply shocked by the death of Hanna Lahoud, a member of the humanitarian community who gave his life delivering assistance to people in dire need of aid. Our deepest condolences go to Hanna’s family, friends and colleagues at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

26 Jan 2018 description

We, the 61 undersigned National and International Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), members of Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR), condemn in the strongest terms the atrocious attack on NGO offices in Jalalabad (Nangarhar) on Wednesday 24 January. It has been reported that there is a loss of at least 7 lives, more than 31 people injured, including five children. We would like to pass our condolences to the families of the victims of this atrocious attack.

18 Aug 2017 description

While the number of forcibly displaced is record high, hence also the demand for humanitarian assistance, the pressure on humanitarian organisations and their staff is increasing. Lack of access to people in need together with an increase in the targeting of aid workers make it very challenging to reach those most in need. The international community should unite to guarantee access and security for humanitarians in order for them to assist those most in need, the Danish Refugee Council said today in a statement ahead of World Humanitarian Day, August 19.

15 Aug 2017 description

Mr. António Guterres,
United Nations

Bangui, 14 August 2017

Dear Mr. Guterres,

This Open Letter is to express our grave concern about the rapid deterioration of the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), and to request your office take immediate action to prevent the country collapsing into another full-blown conflict.

23 Mar 2017 description

The undersigned international and national NGOs and respective NGO coordination fora welcome the fact that the international community, under the impetus of the EU, is convening in Brussels to address and respond to the Syria crisis.

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

12 Apr 2016 description

Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG), has lost two national employees in South Sudan.

12 April 2016 – Under tragic circumstances, two national Danish Demining Group (DDG) staff members were killed today in South Sudan. The two staff members have been identified and their families notified.

08 Oct 2015 description

Au matin du 26 septembre dernier, le quartier de PK5 s’est embrasé après le meurtre d’un jeune taxi moto musulman, donnant lieu à des tensions régulières. Depuis, les combats sont journaliers et les ressentiments communautaires laissent place à des revendications politiques, avec des discours qui accusent l’ensemble de la communauté internationale.

1 Attaques délibérées contre les organisations humanitaires et les structures étatiques avec pour conséquence une rupture de l’accès aux services de base, notamment de santé.

06 Oct 2015 description

On the morning of September 26, violence suddenly returned to the PK5 neighborhood after the murder of a young Muslim motorcycle taxi driver. Despite regular tensions in this neighborhood, the MINUSCA Peacekeeping Mission intervened very late, and with resentments still present in the population, the situation took an extremely violent turn. The peacekeeping force’s lack of anticipation and quick reaction contributed to the deterioration of the security situation, with outbursts of punitive and opportunistic violence.

19 May 2014 description

Les ONG internationales réaffirment leur engagement envers les populations de la République centrafricaine et appellent les acteurs armés à garantir l'accès humanitaire

26 ONG internationales expriment leur profonde préoccupation face à la violence en République centrafricaine (RCA). Elles condamnent les récentes attaques contre les humanitaires et réaffirment leur engagement à venir en aide aux populations affectées.

19 May 2014 description

International NGOs reaffirm their commitment to the people of the Central African Republic and call on all armed actors to respect humanitarian access

26 international NGOs express their deep concern over violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), condemn recent attacks against humanitarians and reaffirm their commitment to helping civilians in need.

12 May 2014 description

Juba, 12 May 2014 – On 20 May 2014, the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway, to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes, including an estimated 300,000 to neighboring countries. Over 4 million people, including over 2.5 million children, are extremely vulnerable to food insecurity, as people have been displaced from their sources of survival. This crisis is worsening on a daily basis.

03 Apr 2014 description

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is exploring ways to return to delivering assistance in Rakhine State after riots last week forced most of the humanitarian community to withdraw staff and halt operations. The organization already has staff members in the area to evaluate the situation.

10 Jul 2013 description

Humanitarian needs in Kandahar Province

A new humanitarian needs assessment report by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) identifies widespread poverty, and a broad range of needs among displaced in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – especially when it comes to jobs in order to make a living for the families.

22 May 2013 description

The crisis in Syria seems unending at the moment. Meeting the humanitarian needs in the country is one of the largest challenges owing to the insecurity in particular. And as the battles go on, the needs just get bigger and bigger.

11 Jan 2012 description

A group of influential Somalis have joined forces to push for the release of the two kidnapped aid workers from the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit. Through concrete action and strong support the group will increase pressure on the kidnappers in order to ensure an unconditional and peaceful release.

13 Dec 2011 description

Today, men, women, children and adults took to the streets in a large demonstration in Adado, Central Somalia, to show their support and sympathy with the two aid workers from the Danish Refugee Concil held hostage in Somalia. The protesters demanded an immediate release of the two humanitarian workers.

28 Nov 2011 description

16 INGO and UN offices across South Central Somalia have been overtaken by Al-Shabaab, among them the Danish Refugee Council’s compounds in Beledweyne and Bulo Burto.

A statement issued today by Al-Shabaab lists 16 INGOs and UN agencies as unwanted in South Central Somalia. This was followed by a coordinated action against compounds belonging to the aid agencies involved, among them offices belonging to the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Beledweyne and Bulo Burte in the Hiraan Region.

15 Nov 2011 description

Traditional leaders and civil society in Somalia mobilize strong support for a quick and safe release of Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted. There is growing opposition to the kidnapping which is condemned as an act violating Somali values.

Large groups of Somali people gathering, shouting slogans and requesting those responsible to ensure a quick release – this is what opposition looks like in Central Somalia where numerous demonstrations have taken place in recent weeks.

07 Nov 2011 description

The Danish Refugee Council and its demining unit Danish Demining Group meet substantial support from traditional leaders and civil society in Somalia, who are saddened by the kidnapping of two humanitarian aid workers.

Since the abduction on 25 October of the two humanitarian aid workers, the Danish Refugee Council has appealed to traditional leaders, clan representatives and the general public. And this appeal has echoed substantial support.