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Posted by Rachel Unkovic 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 1st, 2014
A group of devoted, super-excited Syrian girls hit the streets recently to send a message to their neighbors in Ramtha, Jordan, where they live as refugees. But instead of carrying placards or distributing leaflets, they handed out homemade cupcakes with messages intended to help Jordanians better understand their lives as displaced Syrians. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 25th, 2014
Anaam and her husband, Raed, live with their three young children in an empty shop in Mafraq, a town in northern Jordan near the Syrian border. They fled Homs one year ago, and now rent the store, using it as a makeshift home, for 25 Jordanian dinars ($35 US) a month. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on June 17th, 2014
Read Halima's story part of the global campaign, “1Family torn apart is too many,” in conjunction with 2014 World Refugee Day. “1Family torn apart is too many” is a call to action to help refugee families stay united and have the opportunity to live in peace and dignity. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 9th, 2014
More than one million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring Lebanon. Among them are children who are fending for themselves or working to help support their families on the streets of major cities. The IRC is running weekly activity sessions in Beirut designed to help these "street children" grow more resilient and learn how to stay safe. more »
Posted by Danielle Silber on June 3rd, 2014
With generous support from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, the IRC launched a MicroProducer Academy in 2013 to enable refugee farmers to adapt their existing skills to the U.S. agricultural landscape and marketplace. more »
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 Rescue.org 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 »

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