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Posted by Emmanuel d'Harcourt on July 25th, 2014
What is most troublesome about MSF's new report is the presumption that the only solution to humanitarian crisis is intervention by foreign organizations. This assumption pops up throughout the document, most strikingly perhaps in this finding from the foreword: “many humanitarian actors are now working at arm’s length through local NGOs or government authorities, acting more as technical experts, intermediaries or donors than field actors.” more »
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Posted by The IRC on July 17th, 2014
The humanitarian crisis continues in Iraq, where an estimated 650,000 people fled escalating violence in June. More than one million people have been uprooted since the beginning of this year, adding to the 1 million Iraqis still displaced by the outbreak of violence in 2006. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 16th, 2014
As an Ebola outbreak grips West Africa, IRC staff and community health workers have been able to reach 160,000 people in over 800 villages in eastern Sierra Leone with information on how to stop the spread of the deadly virus. more »
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Posted by Emmanuel d'Harcourt on July 9th, 2014
There is a lot of talk about women in the humanitarian industry. When we do listen, it’s often framed: women speak about one aspect of their experience, usually linked to victimhood and dependence, in a way that supports the narrative of an organization. more »
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Posted by The IRC on July 2nd, 2014
In 2012 after 60 years of conflict, the Myanmar government signed a ceasefire with Karenni rebel groups. The two sides are now working together for the first time, with IRC support. Their joint team is bringing medicine and health care to former war zones. more »
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Posted by Emily Sernaker on June 27th, 2014
With support from the IRC, Patrick Karera overcame a serious heart condition and a difficult childhood in a Rwandan refugee camp to become the first member of his family to graduate from high school. more »
Posted by Emmanuel d'Harcourt on June 25th, 2014
One much-tweeted article following the Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict exemplified one criticism of the summit's programming, which is the assumption that rape in war is a deliberate strategy, rather than the result of social norms within the armed group and the wider society. But we are running the risk of an even bigger miss. more »
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Posted by The IRC on June 20th, 2014
“Homes hosting Iraqis fleeing from violence are becoming overcrowded and some don’t have good access to clean water and sanitation, says IRC senior health advisor Camilo Valderrama. "Add the scorching heat and you have a recipe for a the outbreak of disease." more »
Posted by The IRC on June 12th, 2014
Two years ago today, the IRC opened two clinics in northern Jordan, in the cities of Mafraq and Ramtha. Both cities, situated near the Syrian border, have faced an influx of urban refugees since the conflict began three years ago. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 12th, 2014
IRC engineers consult with local communities to locate latrine and bathing facilities in areas where women and girls will feel safe using them, and then build them to ensure privacy. Steps like these go a long way in preventing sexual assault and harassment. more »