International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Syrian boy in refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece
Refugee Crisis in Europe

An International Rescue Committee emergency team is responding to the crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos. Thousands of refugees are arriving in Greece each day from countries ravaged by conflict, seeking safety in Europe.

Syrian family on Lesvos
Flight from Syria

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. 

Boy carries water jugs in Ganyliel, South Sudan
South Sudan's Road to Peace

Thousands of people have been killed, and more than two million displaced by the civil war in South Sudan. In the wake of a new peace deal, the IRC is continuing to provide urgently needed assistance including medical care and clean water.

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.

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August 29, 2015 | Blog Post
Elhamija Kadic fled war and persecution in Bosnia in 1992 and came to the United States with the help of the IRC. After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, she helped coordinate the IRC's response.
August 28, 2015 | Blog Post
Threatened at gunpoint by gangsters, beaten up by police and detained, one Syrian refugee reveals his perilous escape to Europe.
August 28, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC is continuing to respond to widespread flooding in Myanmar that the United Nations says has displaced more than 1.7 million people. IRC mobile health teams and water and sanitation experts are working urgently to provide medical care, clean water and other emergency support in isolated communities.
August 27, 2015 | Blog Post
In recent months, more than 340,000 people have attempted the dangerous journey to Europe to escape from brutal conflicts in places like Syria. But there’s been confusion and debate over the use of the words migrant and refugee to describe the plight of those on the run. We explain the differences.

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.

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President’s News & Notes: From David Miliband

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