IRC in the News
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego’s 8th Annual International Documentary Film Series continues May 16, and 23, screening three compelling documentary films that shed light on what life is like for refugees around the world. Plus, each film will be followed by Q&A with a guest speaker who has relevant firsthand experience providing humanitarian response to conflict and disaster.
The goat project was launched three years ago by Somali Bantu, Burundi and Somali Bajuni community leaders with help from the state Refugee Services Office.International Rescue Committee's Salt Lake office, one of two primary refugee resettlement agencies in the state, is the umbrella nonprofit organization for the project. It is also assisted by nonprofit, church and corporate partners.
The director of the Utah Refugee Services Officehopes an upcoming volunteer orientation will result in many "beautiful matches" between volunteers and nonprofit organizations and government agencies that serve refugees in Utah.
The open house-style event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, April 16, at the Utah Refugee Education and Training Center, 250 W. 3900 South. The center is located on Salt Lake Community College's Meadowbrook Campus.
The Pope arrives as numerous humanitarian organizations including MSF,Oxfam and Save the Children have condemned conditions in the camp and many have refused to support it or Greek authorities for creating what they say is a detention centre.
Just 48 hours before Pope Francis is expected to touch down on the Greek island of Lesbos, two men with a barrel of paint are busy whitewashing graffiti that says “no human is illegal” and “liberty and freedom” off the stone walls of the Moria detention facility. Four barefoot young boys wearing visibly dirty clothing sit atop the wall, leaning into the wire fence to watch the painters below. Above the curious boys, rings of sharp razor wire glisten in the morning sun.
Some 10 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Syria were abandoned as ISIS militants approached, The Guardian reported. Members of the militant group reportedly told residents of the camps to move to ISIS-controlled areas, but many headed towards the Turkish border instead.
amil stepped off a plane in Atlanta on Nov. 13, eager to begin a new life after fleeing Syria’s civil war.
Coming to the United States was the dream that sustained him through more than three years as a refugee. But the timing of his arrival could not have been worse: on the same day Jamil flew into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Islamic State terrorists launched coordinated assaults in Paris that killed 130.
The backlash was immediate. Days after Jamil touched down in Atlanta, more than two dozen U.S. governors, including Georgia’s, were vowing to halt the resettlement of Syrians in their communities.
Jamil and other Syrian refugees in Georgia say that reaction is wrongheaded. The vetting process for refugees, they say, is so lengthy and exhaustive that true bad actors can find much easier ways to infiltrate the U.S.