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Children at an IRC-supported clinic in Aden, Yemen
Yemen Emergency

Suffering continues to escalate in Yemen after June peace talks failed to end violence that has left 21.1 million people in need of aid. The IRC is providing urgently needed health, nutrition and sanitation support to people caught in crisis. 

IRC mobile medical team staff visit Syrian refugees living in Jordan

More than four years after the outbreak of the Syria conflict, the International Rescue Committee is continuing to provide critical aid to Syrian refugees and Syrians trapped by the violence inside the country. 

Burundian child seeking refuge in Tanzania
Burundian Refugees

Since April, tens of thousands of Burundians have fled a violent political crisis in their country. IRC teams are with the refugees on each leg of their journey, providing medical care and other lifesaving support. 

People uprooted by conflict in Bentiu, South Sudan
60 million lives upended

Nearly 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes by war, conflict and persecution — more lives upended than at any time in history. The IRC is urging world leaders to act to solve this global crisis.

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

July 3, 2015 | Blog Post
Many refugees and other immigrants across the United States celebrate their naturalization as U.S. citizens on a very special day for Americans — July 4, Independence Day. Kadijeh Nasar and Shoeab Ammar, refugees from Iraq, became citizens on July 4, 2014 in a ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, Monticello.
July 2, 2015 | Blog Post
As the United Nations declares the conflict in Yemen one of the world's most serious humanitarian crises, the IRC is calling for a pause in the fighting to allow aid to reach people in urgent need. More than a million have been displaced by months of violence.
July 2, 2015 | Blog Post
News this week that Ebola has resurfaced in Liberia is a stark reminder of the ongoing threats facing the country, the IRC said in a statement today. These new cases must also serve as a wake-up call to the chronic issues with health systems that remain unaddressed.
July 1, 2015 | Blog Post
Attacks in the past week in Hassakah province in northeastern Syria has left thousands of people in urgent need of food, water and shelter. The IRC has been working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to those in dire need.

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.

IRC in the Press

June 16, 2015 | Foreign Affairs
June 9, 2015 | CNN International

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.