IRC in the News
According the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as of June, 2015, one out of every 122 human beings living on this planet is either a “refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.” Close to 60 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and that number is expected to rise.
The Syrian refugee crisis may be thousands of miles away, but that hasn’t stopped a few local residents from lending a hand to those in need.
On Oct. 16, a concert called “Raise Your Voice” will raise money to aid the refugee crisis.
The concert will include local talents such as The Craft Brothers and Sarah Sample and will take place at the Carriage House Theater in Sheridan. All of the proceeds from tickets will benefit the International Rescue Committee.
The International Rescue Committee says Washington state can expect around 3,000 refugees from various countries in the next year, as the Obama administration 'scales up' the number of families allowed in the U.S. as they try to escape violence in Syria.
Last year, the IRC placed 17 Syrians in Seattle, initially providing them with housing and employment. Executive Director Bob Johnson says Seattle has been a very welcoming place.
"There are many in the Middle East still waiting to come here," he said. "Many are professionals, many are highly educated and they can bring a lot of resources to help the United States."
As the global child refugee crisis intensifies, Yale convened experts from various global organizations on Oct. 5 to better understand the crisis, the challenges NGOs face, and how Yale can help address it.
The panel, titled “Yale’s Role in the Global Child Refugee Crisis,” was organized by the Yale Child Study Center and included Unni Karunakara, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and former international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF); Christopher George, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS); Katie Murphy, International Rescue Committee (IRC); Ayla Goksel, CEO of Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV); and Dr. Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF.
Maryland's senators are seeking ways the U.S. government can do more to aid Syrian refugees, joining other officials in the search for a balance between the humanitarian urge to help those who are suffering and the security concerns of admitting masses of people to the United States from a region that has been cracked apart by terrorism.
Sen. Ben Cardin called this week for more funding to process refugee applications, and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has asked homeland security officials how better technology could speed the vetting process.
Even in its best of times, Dadaab Refugee Camp is unforgiving. It’s now four years after the devastating famine of 2011.
There is refugee Aden Noor Ibrahim as he carried Sarah, his dead child. Ibrahim fled war and starvation, but he couldn't afford the $1 it took to take Sarah to the hospital. So she died of hunger.
Now in the maze of tents, Ibrahim's family is still struggling to survive.
San Diego County has taken in more refugees than any other region of California for the past seven years, according to state data.
It’s the latest evidence of a decades-long trend in which the county has admitted a few thousand refugees each year, fueled by successions of strife around the world — from the fall of Saigon, Vietnam, to the Iraq War. That has made the area a hub of such resettlement in the United States.
The current phase of large-scale displacement has largely occurred in the Middle East, as war-weary Syrians and persecuted Iraqi Christians flee their countries. The unrest has led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in nearby nations and increasingly in Europe.