Man in Cox's Bazar refugee camp. Photo: Jessica Wanless / NRC

The excruciating new cut in food rations for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will have a deadly impact, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

According to the World Food Programme (WFP) the UN agency has again been forced to make additional cuts to already dwindling food assistance due to critical funding gaps.

Photo: Abdulkadir Mohamed / NRC

A toxic mix of conflict, severe drought and devastating floods has forced more than 1 million people in Somalia to flee their homes in just 130 days – a record rate of displacement for the country.

The figures recorded by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), show that conflict was among the main causes of displacement between 1 January and 10 May this year, while over 408,000 people were displaced by floods sweeping across their villages and another 312,000 people were displaced by ravaging drought.


Afghanistan remains one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters as Human Rights Watch in a recent report on Afghanistan said that two-thirds of the country's population is food insecure, reported Tolo News.

"Afghanistan has largely disappeared from the media, but it remains one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters," said the HRW report.

Israel's Iron Dome air defence system intercepts rockets launched from Gaza City, on May 10, 2023. Israel's army and Gaza militants traded heavy cross-border fire on May 10, with 22 Palestinians killed over two days amid the worst escalation of violence to hit the coastal territory in months. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council on the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip:

“Renewed conflict in Gaza shows that the international community has failed in preventing Israel from using unnecessary lethal force against civilians and ensuring basic needs for the population it occupies,” said Caroline Ort, NRC’s country director for Palestine.

Books in the Finnish bookstore in Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA

Aviador Publishing and author Hannu Luntiala have launched a writing competition open to everyone on the theme "Culture Meets Culture." The competition, which started in February, is still ongoing and will accept submissions until June 15th.

Everyone who lives in Finland has their own experience of encountering two different cultures, whether it's when they moved to Finland or within Finland.

WorldCon 75, Scott Lynch; photo by Jana Blomqvist


WorldCon 75, Robin Hobb; photo by Jana Blomqvist


Based on an interview by Alisa Nirman on 3.10.2016