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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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The Latest

August 27, 2015 | Blog Post
In recent months, nearly half a million 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.
August 27, 2015 | Blog Post
On a bright and sunny day, some two weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged America’s Gulf Coast, a bus pulls into Atlanta’s Greyhound station carrying a Louisiana family in search of safety, stability and home. An IRC case worker is waiting outside to welcome them.
August 26, 2015 | Blog Post
The IRC and three other humanitarian aid agencies working in South Sudan say today's peace deal is only the beginning of a long, hard journey toward peace and reconciliation. South Sudan has been caught up in a brutal, 20-month civil war.
August 25, 2015 | Blog Post
Zakia, 32, became the first woman elected as a representative in the Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq to help address the concerns of Syrian refugees. The IRC organizes camp elections every six months.

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.