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Posted by The IRC on June 15th, 2015
The IRC joins the United Nations in its annual salute to the courage of refugees, World Refugee Day (June 20). Get photos, video, news and updates on ways you can get involved. more »
Posted by Melanie Teff on May 5th, 2014
Relationships between UN peacekeeping missions and humanitarian agencies are rarely totally harmonious, since they are present for different reasons and those reasons sometimes clash. And humanitarian agencies often fear being associated with the political and military elements of peacekeeping missions, in case this association affects the perception of their impartiality. But in some humanitarian crises they are forced to deal with each other more than in others. Here in South Sudan, the way this crisis has developed has forced humanitarians and peacekeepers into closer proximity than usual. more »
Posted by Kate Phillips-Barrasso on March 24th, 2014
Last Thursday, a UN aid convoy began crossing from Turkey into Syria to bring assistance to thousands of people in desperate need in northeastern Syria. Why is this particularly notable, one might ask, in light of the horrendous suffering caused by the ongoing conflict? more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on March 5th, 2014
Samuel Malwony, 19, who attends high school in Uganda, had just returned home to South Sudan for Christmas break when fighting broke out. Unable to find his father, he sought shelter in a United Nations compound. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 10th, 2014
The IRC has launched an emergency response to the crisis in South Sudan, which has been pushed to the brink of civil war since fighting between government and rebel factions erupted three weeks ago. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 24th, 2013
Photo Share from the United Nations: On this day in 1948, the UN charter entered into force: Happy Birthday UN. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on June 7th, 2013
At $5.2 billion, the total figure for Syria aid is staggering. It’s more than three times the size of the appeal for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and more than four times the size of the 2004 South Asian tsunami appeal. Of the $5 billion? $2.98 billion is earmarked for Syrian refugees, while $1.4 billion is to pay for in-country aid work. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 4th, 2013
Do you tweet? Today we need as many people as we can to call on the U.N., the African Union, the European Union and ECOWAS to send human rights monitors to Mali to protect civilians at risk because of conflict and instability there. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 20th, 2012
As the United Nations Security Council considers a resolution to authorize an international military force in Mali, the IRC and nine other aid groups warn that any military response would have serious humanitarian consequences. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 19th, 2012
The United Nations predicts that the number of refugees fleeing the steadily worsening conflict in Syria will more than double in the next six months. Here’s a look at the crisis in figures. more »