"Yesterday in New York, the Global Compact on Refugees was approved with overwhelming support by UN member states through a vote of 176 in favour and one against.
Over the past two years, governments, the UN, and civil society around the world have come together to develop the Global Compact on Refugees. In this unique process, characterised by cooperation and solidarity, NRC believes the Global Compact will enable better protection and expanded solutions for refugees by addressing the growing global displacement crisis.
IRAQ/Sinjar: "When the Islamic State group attacked our village, we fled. We stayed on Sinjar mountain for eight days. I saw children and older people die from thirst and exhaustion." Aveen, 20, and her family fled when IS group took control of the Iraqi city of Sinjar on 3 August 2014. After years in displacement, they are among around 6,000 families who have finally returned home.
The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
"One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. The rainy season has also worsened the conditions," said Janet Cherono, NRC's program manager in Maiduguri.
Friday 9 November 2018
Quote from Mohamed Abdi, NRC's country director in Yemen:
"Hodeidah is at risk of being obliterated. We warned the international community that an offensive on the city was coming, and it has. We warned that the violence would see another half a million people flee their homes, and it did.
"We are now warning that by allowing this to go on, parties to the conflict and their international backers will be responsible for the death, injury and suffering of millions of people.
Three years since Sinjar was retaken from Islamic State group, more than 200,000 people, mostly Yazidis, remain displaced in northern Iraq and abroad, with no homes to return to.
While the plight of Yazidi victims was highlighted last month through the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, the city remains largely uninhabitable. Unlike elsewhere in Iraq where reconstruction is slowly happening, in Sinjar it never even started. Meanwhile Sunni Muslim neighbours are afraid to return, fearing reprisals from community members or local security forces.
"The international response in the Central African Republic is a recipe for failure. The humanitarian and political neglect will throw the country back into renewed cycles of violence," warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland, who is visiting the country.
Since 2017, violence has escalated in several areas, the number of attacks against civilians and aid workers is on the rise, and one out of four Central Africans now live in displacement.
International non-government organisations (INGOs) in Yemen are appalled by the renewed increase in intensity of hostilities in and around Hodeidah city. After calls for a ceasefire by the international community only a matter of days ago this is a deeply disturbing development. All parties to the conflict must immediately stop the violence considering the catastrophic impact of this fighting on the civilians of Hodeidah and across Yemen.
Action Against Hunger joins 34 other organizations to issue the following statement ahead of the International Parliamentary Conference for Peace in Yemen:
Paris, 7 November 2018 - As humanitarian, human rights and peacebuilding organizations working on Yemen, we welcome tomorrow's unprecedented coming together of legislators from across nations and parties for the first International Parliamentary Conference for Peace in Yemen to demand their governments work together to end the crisis.
After spending four years in a displacement camp in the Central African Republic, a new house changed Stella and her family’s lives. "This house has made us happy again," she says.
In 2016, the Central African government decided to shut down all displacement sites in Bangui, the capital of the country. As a result, internally displaced people living there were forced to return to their areas of origin.
Objective: The Afghanistan Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) will provide technical and coordination support to promote the integration of community engagement and accountability into the programme cycle in Afghanistan to promote informed decision making on behalf of response providers and affected populations.
Stakeholders: Communities affected by conflict, natural disaster and/or development issues; Humanitarian Partners; Development Partners; Government; Private Sector (media, telecoms)
Community engagement is the process of and commitment to sharing timely, relevant and actionable information to enhance informed decision making on the part of both affected populations and responders. A community engagement approach to humanitarian and development programming and operations ensures appropriate communication channels capture and disseminate information and feedback, ensuring communities guide and participate in the response, the promotion of accountability, and the enhancement of relevant and timely programming.
Este informe proviene de una iniciativa del Grupo de Protección Regional del REDLAC para NCA, liderado por el Consejo Noruego para Refugiados y apoyado por ACNUR. El objetivo es mejorar el análisis y visibilización de la crisis de protección en el Norte de Centroamérica.
This report, led by the Norwegian Refugee Council and supported by UNHCR, stems from an initiative of the REDLAC Regional Protection Group and aims to improve the analysis and visibility of the ongoing protection crisis in the North of Central America. The analysis is based on a series of qualitative and quantitative indicators on violence and displacement, using as primary sources inputs from operational organisations based in the region and official statistics, as well as reports from a wide range of press, academia and civil society.
One year since the Saudi-led Coalition imposed a blockade on sea, land and air routes in Yemen, millions more are edging closer to famine and fatal disease. "The past 12 months have been a never-ending nightmare for Yemeni civilians. The parties to the conflict have consistently disavowed the laws of war and employed tactics that exacerbate suffering for civilian populations," said Jan Egeland,
Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
One of the biggest biometric verification processes ever undertaken has confirmed that Uganda is hosting 1.1 million refugees, by far the largest number in Africa and the third largest worldwide. With the scale of the crisis now confirmed, the international community should ensure the response is appropriately funded. As the end of the year approaches, the 2018 response plan has received just 42% of the required funds.
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.
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.