VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
This Week's Voices: Heroes in the midst of crisis
January 27, 2012 by The IRC
|IRC president George Rupp (far left) speaks at the We Can Be Heroes campaign launch on January 23, 2012. Photo: IRC|
International Rescue Committee president George Rupp on We Can Be Heroes, a two-year campaign to help the people of the drought-ravaged Horn and East Africa ... plus other notable quotes touching on the IRC's work around the world:
“We are especially pleased that this campaign highlights the heroes who have emerged in the midst of the crisis—not only aid workers but even more those directly affected, those whom we all too easily see as victims. These brave uprooted people have often had to travel hundreds of miles through harsh, dangerous terrain, overcoming numerous obstacles, to bring their families to safety and sanctuary. They may not look like Superman or Wonder Woman. But they are indeed heroes. We can and should emulate them as we live out the truth that we too can be heroes.”
- George Rupp, on a two-year campaign to help raise awareness and support for drought relief in the Horn and East Africa. The campaign, We Can Be Heroes, enlists DC Entertainment’s popular Justice League (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and their super-hero colleagues) to reach and galvanize new audiences for this cause. The IRC is partnering with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., along with sister organizations Save the Children and Mercy Corps.
“At her age, [10-month-old] Farhio should weigh about 20 pounds. Her legs are so thin that they don’t have the strength to support her.”
- Sirat Amin, an IRC nutrition manager at the Dadaab refugee camp complex in Kenya. In the IRC’s ward for severely malnourished children in Dadaab, doctors and nurses work to save severely malnourished Somali refugee children like Farhio—even as kidnappings and bombings make the job of aid workers ever more dangerous.
“The International Rescue Committee maintains a flawless reputation as one of the most reliable, fast-acting, and transparent relief agencies in the world.”
-- The Global journal, an international magazine that looks at “global governance, issues, and players,” on why it ranked the IRC #5 in its Top 100 Best NGOs list. In addition to the IRC, the other top ranked NGOs were the Wikimedia Foundation, Partners In Health, Oxfam, and BRAC.
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