In Afghanistan and other conflict zones, the military is often first on the ground, followed by diplomats, contractors and journalists. Next, in many cases, are aid workers: People who work for private organizations and strive to remain impartial in some of the world's most dangerous places.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is moving into Afghanistan’s northwest Badghis province, to provide essential humanitarian aid to families in dire need. Badghis, on the border with Turkmenistan, is in the grip of a severe drought, which has left much of the population without enough food. And the costs for what food there is are climbing. Prices for staples like wheat have increased by as much as 86% in the past year.
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Ivorians displaced by a post-election civil war this year remain too afraid of reprisals to go home and some are living in squalid conditions, increasingly in need of help, several aid agencies warned this week.
Actress Rashida Jones has become an IRC Voice—joining other prominent young artists who use their voices to spotlight the critical needs of refugees and others uprooted by violence and natural disasters, the International Rescue Committee has announced.
Jones recently returned from Thailand, where she visited IRC humanitarian aid programs for tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar (Burma) – her first trip as an IRC Voice.
Eva Krafczyk Nairobi/Juba - The South Sudanese marked their independence with celebrations over the weekend, but the work is just beginning. International aid workers assisting the world's newest country to get off to a good start are also facing a challenging programme.