Ismail Arafat and Safirah Omar's refugee journey began in 2003 when they left their conflict-ridden native country of Myanmar for neighboring Thailand. From there smugglers transported them south to Malaysia. The IRC helped the young couple resettle in the United States with their baby daughter. "Life is good here," Ismail says.
For tens of thousands of villagers in rural Pakistan, the International Rescue Committee is providing the first medical care many have had in years. As part of the IRC's comprehensive 2010 flood recovery program, medical teams are now taking their knowledge and skills directly to those in most need. The IRC's Ned Colt reports from rural Sindh Province. (Posted September 22, 2011)
A year after record monsoon floods inundated 10 percent of Pakistan, the International Rescue Committee continues to help Pakistanis rebuild and recover. One in ten people was directly impacted by the floods, and many communities weren’t prepared for this year’s monsoon season. The IRC’s Ned Colt has this update from Pakistan.
During the floods last year, wells and other infrastructure were washed away or destroyed. The IRC has installed water tanks, hand pumps and latrines across Sindh Province to prevent the spread of disease and educates people about how to stay healthy.