International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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family inspects earthquake damage in Nepal
Nepal Earthquake

More than 8 million people have been affected by Nepal's worst earthquake in 80 years. The IRC is working with our partner, the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR), to respond. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi,

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

More than 1,200 people have been killed in recent fighting in Yemen and over 300,000 have fled their homes — the newly displaced joining hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by previous waves of conflict.

Syrian boy collects water from a tap at a refugee camp in northern Iraq

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. 

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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May 1, 2015 | Blog Post
Many Yemenis in rural areas trek for hours on unpaved desert roads in search of water that is safe to drink. “It would get worse during the rainy season when there was flooding along the wadi (a normally dry ravine) and it would carry human and animal feces with it which would flow into the well,” says Mohammed Salem who lives in Alfishlah, a village in Abyan province that lacks latrines.
April 30, 2015 | Blog Post
More than 24,000 people have fled Burundi this month amid ongoing political unrest. Violent clashes erupted this past weekend in one of the world's poorest countries following President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for re-election for a third term. Hear from the IRC's country director.
April 30, 2015 | Blog Post
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist, and a voice for the International Rescue Committee, Joshua Redman recently traveled with a team of IRC aid workers to Myanmar’s poorest region, mountainous Chin state. Read and watch his story for International Jazz Day (Apr. 30).
April 29, 2015 | Blog Post
As the fighting in Yemen descends into chaos, 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes—half of them in just the past week. An IRC aid worker reports from his home near the war-ravaged port city of Aden where he and his colleagues are delivering medication and supplies to its two main hospitals.

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

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.