IRC in the News
Three years ago, on July 20, the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia. The devastating famine took the lives of a quarter of million Somalis, half of them children under the age of five. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called it "the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today -- and the worst East Africa has seen in decades."
They have never visited the Texas border to see the children who are arriving in waves from Central American countries. Yet the two young men from Africa say they understand what is going on, and they even see themselves among the desperate faces.
Civilians are bearing the brunt of Iraq’s bloody conflict with some 1.2 million people internally displaced since the beginning of the year, according to aid agencies.
"Over 80 percent of refugees are self-sufficient within six months of arrival and generate more than $11 million in federal taxes, $4.6 million in state taxes and $1.7 million in local taxes in their first year alone,” said J.D. McCrary, the executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta. “That same group of first-year refugees generates over $40 million in household income recycled in the community, making welcoming refugees not only good humanitarian practice but sound economic sense as well.”
The BBC notes an op-ed by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President of International Rescue Committee David Miliband in Foreign Policy magazine, in which they write that with the intensity of conflict in the Middle East rising in recent weeks, "the humanitarian crisis in Syria threatens to become a sideshow."
Some 560,000 people have fled Anbar province - the large area of western Iraq where Falluja is located - since the Islamic State takeover in January, according to the International Rescue Committee, a New York-based humanitarian organisation.