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Norwegian Refugee Council

Overview/Background

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. We work in crises in more than 30 countries, where we help save lives and rebuild futures.

We deliver high-quality aid where needs are greatest. When we started our relief efforts after World War II, humanitarian needs were critical. They still are – and we’re still there, protecting people forced to flee and supporting them as they build a new future. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across more than 30 countries, where we provide camp management, food assistance, clean water, shelter, legal aid, and education.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. When we witness injustices, we alert the world. We promote and defend displaced peoples rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRCs Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies. NRC global provider of expertise, NORCAP, the world’s most used, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world. Our experts stand ready to deploy at a moment notice to support the UN and local authorities in humanitarian crises.

Around 14,000 humanitarians work with the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

Today, a record 70.8 million people are fleeing war and persecution. Not since World War Two have more people needed our help. The Norwegian Refugee Council assisted over 8.5 million people worldwide in 2018, and with your support, we can help even more.

Humanitarian overview in Afghanistan

40 years of conflict continues to deeply affect Afghanistan. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure as well as conflict-related displacement remains high despite ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations. Nearly 3,500 civilian casualties were documented in the first half of 2020 after reaching record highs in 2019. More than 200,000 people have been displaced by conflict in 2020, and 110,000 people by natural disasters. This is in addition to the 4.1 million people displaced since 2012, many who show no sign they intend to return.

Against this backdrop, hundreds of thousands of Afghans spontaneously return or are forced to return, each year. Returnees often become de-facto internally displaced people as conflict and lost community networks prevent them from returning to their place of origin.

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarians and the delivery of assistance continues to be delayed by access constraints. Despite high levels of needs, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) remains severely under-funded.

ESTABLISHED

2003

AREAS OF OPERATION

Kabul (Country Office), Balkh, Faryab, Herat, Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kandahar, Khost, Sar-e-pul, Kunduz, Badghis, Laghman, Nimroz, Parwan, Zabul, and Uruzgan.

INTERNATIONAL STAFF

21

Phone

+93728932045 / +93700228509

E-mail

af-infonew@nrc.no

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