IRC in the News
In the midst of the Ebola crisis, our panel discuss what lessons can be learned from this epidemic before the next one strikes
Callies hasn’t taken a passive approach to her philanthropy — in January 2013, she spent weeks at the Domiz camp, a particularly rough Syrian refugee haven in Iraq. She interviewed residents and got firsthand accounts of refugee realities, including tent cities, where 16-person families were crammed into two-bedroom tents and where contaminated water caused rampant disease.
Some local refugees could feel the impact of the political fighting over border patrols in the southwest.
"Fifteen years ago, the greatest risk to the lives of aid workers were road traffic accidents. That is no longer the case. Violent incidents claim the lives of more aid workers than anything else," said Bob Kitchen, from the International Rescue Committee.
The Nowruz refugee camp in Syria has grown from 100 to 12,000 in four days, according to the International Rescue Committee.
Operating from inside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, a handful of disaster response experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working on the question of how to help the Yazidis who make it off the mountain alive.
On a recent monitoring trip to Salt Lake City, I had the pleasure of visiting the East African Refugee Goat Project of Utah. The visit originally scheduled for a Tuesday was postponed to Thursday due to work conflicts.
Africa is changing dramatically – and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood. That is encouraging; but as long as parts of Sub-Saharan Africa continue to struggle with violent conflict, poverty, and corruption, the continent’s economic potential will not be fully realized.