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Posted by The IRC on March 12th, 2014
“I used to be a nurse,” says Leila, who is describing her journey from the besieged Syrian city of Homs to Mafraq in northern Jordan, speaking with a calm dignity that can’t quite disguise a tinge of desperation so characteristic of Syrian refugees in Jordan. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 31st, 2013
Here is a recap of the most-read blog posts on in 2013, shared by IRC aid workers and supporters around the world. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 17th, 2013
On the same day the U.N. launched a $6.5 billion humanitarian aid appeal for Syria, IRC president David Miliband was interviewed on the Charlie Rose show about the regional crisis sparked by Syria's civil war, the importance of this UN appeal, and why he chose to leave British politics to enter the humanitarian world. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 9th, 2013
As neighboring countries struggle to host Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war, IRC president David Miliband offers three recommendations to help them cope with the crisis, and to help make refugees' lives far from home more livable. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 18th, 2013
On a recent visit to Kenya, I met with refugees in a densely populated urban area in Nairobi and in the Dadaab refugee camp. Many told me they would like to return to Somalia one day, but only when it is peaceful and stable. more »
Posted by Jordan Helton on September 23rd, 2013
Just inside the brick wall of an apartment complex in Wichita, Kansas, a small garden—only a few feet wide—teems with bell peppers, tomatoes, mint, cantaloupe and okra. The garden’s natural bounty is a perfect match for the generous spirit of its caretaker, Iraqi refugee Kefah Ramadan. more »
Posted by The IRC on September 5th, 2013
For over 100,000 urban refugees, every day presents a struggle to survive, says the IRC's Sarah Case. Yet despite their tremendous need, Syrian refugees in Iraq are at the bottom of the list for support. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on August 26th, 2013
Almost two-thirds of the Syrian refugees arriving in northern Iraq end up living in urban areas, and have limited access to resources and humanitarian aid. IRC's report focuses on ‘hidden refugees’ in cities and towns struggling to survive outside camps. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 22nd, 2013
Nam DarBu is a refugee from Myanmar, also known as Burma, now living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She shares her story in Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 14th, 2013
Ali Ahmed, 23, is an Iraqi refugee from Baghdad now living in the U.S. He shares his story in Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees. more »