International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Refugee Crisis in Greece

An International Rescue Committee emergency team is responding to the crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos. Each day some 1,000 refugees are arriving in Greece from countries ravaged by conflict.

A woman and child displaced by violence in Bangui, CAR
Central African Crisis

With over 6,000 deaths and 2.7 million people in need of emergency assistance, the Central African Republic is a forgotten crisis. In a new report, the IRC is calling on the world to address urgent needs but says aid is not enough.

4 Million Syrian Refugees

The world is witnessing its worst refugee crisis in 25 years. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries to escape a brutal civil war now in its fifth year. 

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Our Impact


The Latest

August 4, 2015 | Blog Post
Basma is one of the lucky few Yazidis who managed to escape ISIS a year ago this week, when the group attacked religious minorities in the northern Iraqi district of Sinjar.
August 3, 2015 | Blog Post
Bearing the scars of an attack on his hometown, Mohammed, 18, is one of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war who have arrived on the shores of Europe seeking safety.
July 29, 2015 | Blog Post
With as many as 1,000 refugees continuing to arrive each day on the Greek island of Lesbos, the lack of basic assistance such as food, water and healthcare is a serious concern, says the IRC. Many of them have fled Syria's civil war.
July 28, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC is delivering clean water and working to improve living conditions for hundreds of refugees crowded into the Kara Tepe camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Voices for the IRC

Jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is a two-time Grammy Award nominee. This year Josh traveled to remote areas of Myanmar where he saw firsthand how the International Rescue Committee provides health services to the most vulnerable.

In Focus

President’s News & Notes: From David Miliband

Updates from IRC President David Miliband and his perspective on our lifesaving work around the world.