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Liberian family

IRC health teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia are supporting global efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Iraqi girl who fled violence and found shelter in a football stadium
Crisis builds in Iraq

More than 2 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict. The IRC is providing clean water, medicine, protection services and emergency financial assistance to the displaced as well as vulnerable locals.

Young Syrian refugees in a camp in northern Iraq

More than three years after the outbreak of the Syria conflict, the IRC continues to provide support to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as well as Syrians inside their war-torn country. 





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 21, 2014 | Blog Post
From IRC president David Miliband: "This week world leaders spoke on World Humanitarian Day about the dangers facing humanitarian workers. It is my very sad duty to report that these dangers came very close to home this week, with the tragic loss of three members of staff of one of our partner organizations in Pakistan."
August 19, 2014 | Blog Post
World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the humanitarian spirit and commemorate those who risk their lives helping others uprooted by conflict and natural disaster, working in the most difficult conditions on the frontlines of emergencies. Today, the IRC recognizes these brave humanitarians and remembers those who gave their lives while carrying out our mission.
August 19, 2014 | Blog Post
The Ebola outbreak devastating western Africa has presented daunting challenges to Liberia, Sierra Leone and surrounding countries, most of which have severely limited resources to fight the scourge. Since March, the IRC has been assisting Liberia’s ministry of health county health team in Lofa with its response to the crisis.
August 18, 2014 | Blog Post
The IRC has joined the 500 Day Countdown for Global Education campaign which calls for world leaders to ensure every child's basic right to go to school and learn. The IRC pledged to help make education for every child a global priority by the end of 2015.

Voices for the IRC

Acclaimed opera star Danielle de Niese has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and other people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world. 

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.